Today we’d like to introduce you to Christi L. Leveille.
Hi Christi, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am an attorney by profession. But, a major aspect of my purpose was discovered in a way that no one would willingly choose–by becoming an angel mom. I have always been an advocate and even received an advanced degree (LL.M.) with a specialization in human rights law. For as long as I can remember, I have sought to chart a path that would allow me to be a humanitarian and advance and advocate for the human rights of others. My primary concerns have been children’s rights and women’s rights, wherein I have had the opportunity to participate in human rights projects in the United States as well as China, Dominican Republic and Colombia. However, through my pain and the chronicling of the same–the loss of two of my dear angels, my first child being stillborn and my second child passing a few hours after birth–my passion was now guided and focused into two roles: one, being an advocate for women’s maternal issues, and two, serving to provide support to women in relation to child loss and pregnancy-related complications. With respect to the first role, it is particularly necessary given the lack of care and education provided to black women and other women of color concerning maternal health in the United States. My own experiences and the astounding statistics of maternal mortality and infant mortality rates among black women and other women of color has led me to empower women through advocacy. Regarding the second role, assisting others through the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual trauma they have faced due to child loss has also strengthened, empowered and encouraged me in a way that I could not have imagined.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Absolutely not! The trauma and pain of losing my angels caused me to sink into a pit of despair and depression that I did not believe I could or would overcome at the time. My purpose, passion, identity and even willingness to live seemed to all be stripped and nothing I previously strived for mattered. However, through the support of my husband and other loved ones in addition to my faith, I was able to conquer and overcome my trauma. Although I still struggle with grief, I am no longer consumed and paralyzed by it and have learned that purpose may sometimes be borne out of pain.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
My passions and experiences have inspired me to empower, encourage and support women who have dealt with infant loss, neonatal loss, infertility and other pregnancy-related complications along their journey to motherhood. Through the organization, ChristiChristie, LLC, created with one of my best friends, Christie Gaskins, we work to bring awareness regarding maternal health issues that disproportionately affect women of color within the United States of America. We have also created a private support group as well as a YouTube channel to serve as a resource to women and families. What continues to be a primary source of inspiration and encouragement to others, based on testimonials, is my book, Angel After–Shades of Grief, Guilt and God. Angel After is my journal, the chronicling of my experience with child loss, which encourages women to not only find new life after trauma but inspires them to reclaim their identity and purpose and live their “Happily Angel After.” My book is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. Additionally, I am an inspirational speaker who works with individuals and groups to navigate and overcome the emotional, spiritual, physical and mental trauma of child loss as well as discover and implement purpose after pain.
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Do not allow your experiences or circumstances to derail or paralyze you from progression. You will face obstacles, adversity, challenges, and sometimes even trauma. You are more than the sum of your circumstances, so keep going!
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://linktr.ee/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christi.l.leveille
- Facebook: https://www.fb.me/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/christichristie
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