The Glimmer Project

Supporting women who have experienced pregnancy and newborn loss

Dr Ashleigh Smith

Creator of the Glimmer 3 week bereaved Mothers group

and The Glimmer Podcast

A space for women grieving
pregnancy or newborn loss

 "You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair."

Old Chinese proverb


I'm so sorry that you've lost your little darling.

My name is Dr Ashleigh Smith and, like you, I’ve suffered more pain and sadness then I ever thought I could survive. My daughter Isla passed away when she was just 2 days old. My heart and my soul felt broken. I felt so alone.

Having worked as a medical doctor in Obstetrics for many years prior – I know the great highs and the crushing lows of childbirth. I’ve witnessed the great spectrum motherhood has to offer in my patients, and felt that losing my daughter was a painfully ironic tragedy.

It astounded me that after leaving hospital without my daughter in my arms, the medical and mental health systems didn’t have much on offer to help with the ravages of grief.

I tried everything.

I accessed the hospital supplied information pamphlets, the hotlines and the counselors. I joined large Facebook groups that I didn’t feel safe or comfortable to post in, and that triggered and saddened me every day. There were free support group ‘meet-ups’ but the members changed each time and I found my husband and I constantly having to retell our sad story at each meeting.

I was experiencing the most profound agony and the existing support structures weren’t even touching the sides – grief from losing a child is such a deep, deep sorrow


A program to give you a glimmer of hope:

Do you find yourself wanting:

  • more support
  • to optimize your mind and body while managing this grief
  • to find peacefulness amidst the ravages of grief
  • to connect in a more spiritual way with your beloved baby who has passed on

Well you have found the right place.

This is exactly why I created the online 3 week Glimmer Program.

The Glimmer Program is a unique program designed to support you and your well being through this cruel tragedy of miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal loss.  

In the program, you will receive:

  • video content of grief management tools and coping strategies to navigate and weather the triggers and hardships of grief
  • supply daily guided mindfulness meditations to allow you to find peacefulness and strength. 
  • an online private small support group of fellow women, run by our very own, experienced bereavement midwife

Money raised from the sale of this program goes straight to funding The Glimmer Project and the Glimmer podcast - it is not for profit.

May you find connection

May you find acceptance

May you be happy

Helpful reading material

Check out the most recent post for helping you manage your grief:

Recommended Books, Podcasts and Programs for bereaved parents


Parents, extended family and friends often ask me for recommendations of resources available to parents who have lost a baby through pregnancy or newborn death.

It is natural and helpful to seek information and normalization of the torrent of emotions experienced after pregnancy loss, miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal loss.

I did so so so much reading soon after losing Isla and felt that it helped me normalize the emotional rollercoaster and predict and manage the difficult milestones to c…

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Gift ideas for a mother grieving pregnancy loss - miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn loss


When someone dear to you suffers a pregnancy loss, it can leave you feeling desperate to help and offer support in anyway possible. Flowers are so beautiful but may not feel quite right for the situation, so here are some ideas to gift some one who has experienced pregnancy loss including miscarriage, stillbirth or new born baby death.

Gift card for food delivery service: a voucher allows the grieving family to access when needed

  • a simple card of love, support and deep sympathy
  • mindfulnes…

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Treading water - enduring and surviving the aftermath whilst in the hospital soon after Stillbirth or Neonatal loss


Take some long deep breaths. I know how you feel. The bottom of the universe has just fallen from beneath you. Just breathe for now. You are going to get through this.

Shrink your world

  • to include only necessities and your core people
  • discard the rest
  • give your phone and laptop to someone else to either manage or turn off



  • Immediate family and friends
  • perhaps your extended family or friends can disseminate the news, so you don’t have to.



  • on your self and wha…

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Thank you so much! I'll be in touch shortly.

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