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Elizabeth Heineman is a professor of history and of gender, women's, and sexuality studies at the University of Iowa. Her published works include Before Porn was Legal, Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, and What Difference Does a Husband Make? She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.


"[Heineman's] story reveals the depths of emotional pain associated with stillbirth and reveals that parental love has no boundaries."--Publishers Weekly

"Ghostbelly is by far the most beautifully written and intimate account of something a lot of us have gone through, which is the death of an unborn child. It's an incredible and moving book, and I'm so thankful for it." --Jane Pratt, founding editor of xoJane and Sassy "This is a book about birth and death seen with a smart, sensitive, well-trained eye." --Barbara Katz Rothman, author of In Labor and Laboring On "Ghostbelly illuminates the complex emotional landscape of stillbirth--putting into frank and poetic words the unspeakable experience of simultaneously grieving and mothering a baby who has died. Groundbreaking for its exploration of the unexpected benefits of reclaiming traditional rituals around birth and death, Ghostbelly brilliantly demonstrates the value in determining what holds meaning for you, and then unapologetically going for it, no matter what others might think." --Deborah L. Davis, author of Empty Cradle, Broken Heart "Ghostbelly contains some of the most powerful and heart-wrenching sentences about mourning the loss of a baby I have ever read." --Perry-Lynn Moffitt, author of A Silent Sorrow

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