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Exhale: As Mother's Day Approaches, Fresh Literary Magazine Brings Creative Voice to a Different Kind of Motherhood

April 26th, 2009: Mother's Day, a festive and celebratory time for some, is a perplexing and sometimes emotional day for the hundreds of thousands of American women who have experienced miscarriage and stillbirth. Many grapple with the lingering question of motherhood: what it means to be a mom, and how one celebrates motherhood when one has lost a pregnancy or infant. Women now have a unique space of their own for creative exploration of such questions: Exhale, a groundbreaking online literary magazine.

Exhale, launched by Seattle-area writer and college English instructor Monica LeMoine, explores the rich array of perspectives and emotions associated with “losing a baby, or not being able to make one in the first place,” as suggested in the magazine’s subtitle. Each monthly issue showcases a compelling mélange of vivid, sometimes humorous personal essays, poetry, art, and book-and-blog reviews culled from a core group of columnists and outside contributors.

“Exhale highlights the less-than-obvious aspects of discovering that having kids isn't always easy,” says LeMoine, who founded the e-magazine in late 2008.

For more information about Exhale, visit, or contact Monica LeMoine, Founder/Editor, at

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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