About Michelle Valiukenas

Executive Director

The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation

Michelle is the proud mom of Colette Louise Tisdahl.  Colette was born 16 weeks prematurely after Michelle was hospitalized for three weeks plus due to preeclampsia.  Colette fought for nine days before she gained her wings.  Michelle comes from an advocacy background and created The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation to financially help families affected by pregnancy complications, premature birth/NICU stays, and pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and infant loss.  She is conducting advocacy and lobbying efforts as well to reduce maternal mortality, improve childbirth outcomes, and prevent premature birth.

TOPICS

Extended Bedrest

Pregnancy after Perinatal, Neonatal, or Infant Loss

Family-Centered Care: Aspects That Were Missing

Family-Centered Care:  How it Helped

How to Foster Positive Relationships with NICU Doctors and Nurses

Interaction with a Doctor That Could Have Been Better

Interaction with a Nurse That Could Have Been Better

Interaction with a Social Worker That Could Have Been Better

Positive Interaction with a Doctor

Positive Interaction with a Nurse

Positive Interaction with a Social Worker

Loss during Pregnancy

Loss in the NICU

Other Topics Surrounding Bereavement

Disease-Specific: Preeclampsia

Underserved Populations and Healthcare Disparity

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 – Bob Marley

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