PhenomeMOM Ashley Marshall-Seward

MyMommyVents is kicking off the month of October by celebrating “PhenomeMoms.” Each week, we’ll profile a phenomenal mom who has faced tough challenges and managed to come out stronger. Every day, we see celebrity moms featured on magazine covers and websites for their fashion, weight loss, or personal struggles–but we’d like to celebrate the every day moms who are truly making a difference. We’re recognizing the phenomenal moms who sacrifice to give their children what they need, the moms who go above and beyond to do the best for their kids. This month, we’re honoring YOU.


Today’s PhenomeMOM is Ashley Marshall-Seward, an Atlanta wife and mom of three beautiful children. I “met” Ashley in a blogger’s group, and instantly connected with her warm and selfless spirit. Not only does Ashley blog–she sews, crochets, and home schools those three beautiful children, too. In addition to all of that, she’s presenting at Blogalicious in November!

After a series of miscarriages, Ashley was overjoyed to find out that she was due with her fourth child on Mother’s Day–but this pregnancy would soon leave her fighting for her life. Read on for this phenomenal mom’s story.

At eight weeks pregnant, Ashley was enjoying a fun trip to Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum with her children while her husband worked at home in Atlanta.mommy-week-please-touch-museum

As the kids played and enjoyed themselves, she began feeling pain in her abdomen. She knew something was wrong, and headed back to her in laws’ home to rest. What seemed to be a normal pregnancy would take a turn for the worse as she found herself in excruciating pain in the early hours of the morning. Unselfishly, Ashley was concerned about inconveniencing her family. She took some Tylenol and tried to sleep, but the agonizing pain simply wouldn’t go away.

After enduring the pain for as long as she could, her sister in law took her to the emergency room, just to make sure things were okay–but they weren’t. The pain was much more serious than anyone had imagined, and Ashley’s husband would soon need to travel the 700 miles from Atlanta to Philadelphia to be by her side.

Read the rest of Ashley’s story on

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Tiffani is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, co-creator of The Mommy Conference, and co-founder of the digital collective Sisterhued. Her writing and parenting tips have been seen on The Washington Post, Mommy Noire, Yahoo Parenting, and Fit Pregnancy.
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  1. October 7, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    Ashley is a beauty inside and out! A true beauty, a wonderful wife, mom, daughter and sister and a blessing as a friend. She is truly a PhenomeMOM!

  2. October 7, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    Ugh, it brings tears to my eyes to read my own story! Thank you again for sharing it with other women! October is also Infant Loss Awareness month. I hope it can become less taboo in our communities to discuss miscarriage, stillbirth, and SIDS.

    • tiffani
      October 9, 2014 / 12:44 am

      Thank you for allowing me to share it, Ashley. I’ve already gotten a message about how it’s touched someone.

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