Elizabeth has an interesting background thanks to the interests that God has put in her path — author, blogger, certified childbirth educator, bereavement doula, parenting instructor, former U.S. Marine, former law enforcement officer, and currently is president of the Catholic Women’s Conference of Denver, a non-profit organization recognized by the Archdiocese of Denver. She is an active blogger on her website and has published articles in International Doula, The Mighty, Doula Spot, and Cord.
In addition to her newest book, Donum Dignitatis: The Catholic’s Guide to Miscarriage, she is busy penning another manuscript slated to publish in 2023, Understanding and Teaching Unexpected Outcomes; A Birth Professionals Guide. Elizabeth’s portfolio of previously published books also includes:
- All That is Seen and Unseen – A Journey Through a First Trimester Miscarriage
- The First Night; Small Town Fumblings of a Rookie Police Officer
- It’s Not ‘Just’ a Heavy Period; The Miscarriage Handbook
Two of Elizabeth’s books are utilized by hospitals, OBGYN clinics, and non-profit organizations. She is also the creator of The Miscarriage App; a phone application that provides support to women enduring miscarriage.
Elizabeth is a subject matter expert having struggled with infertility for over 22 years and is passionate about helping others on their path to achieving parenthood. Following her own first trimester miscarriage in 2010, Elizabeth began working closely with miscarriage and infant loss bereavement organizations and became Colorado’s first certified bereavement doula with Stillbirthday. She has over 75 hours of training in miscarriage and stillbirth support through several organizations to include: The Wishbone Foundation and the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death.
In 2017, Elizabeth participated in a focus group in Houston, Texas for the National Perinatal Association and served in an integral role in creating Interdisciplinary Guidelines for Care of Women Presenting to the Emergency Department with Pregnancy Loss; which was published in the Journal of Perinatology. It is used in hospital emergency rooms nationwide. She has also completed Psychological First Aid Training with the American Red Cross.
Elizabeth is a cradle Catholic, having a reversion in her faith over the last ten years. She and her family are now Traditional Catholics who serve their parish in preparing couples for marriage. Elizabeth is a fourth-year student at the Denver Catholic Biblical School and will graduate in May 2022 with a Certificate in Biblical Studies. She lives in Colorado with her husband of over 23 years and their three living children.
Public Notice: Elizabeth Petrucelli is not a psychological profiler, expert in fetal abduction, or a therapist. In regards to the Dynel Lane case, Elizabeth just happened to see a post about a possible false pregnancy and based on her training and experience was concerned about the potential for a fetal abduction and shared that information with others.
National Perinatal Association
The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, & Death