Yelda Basar Moers is a writer, editor and former lawyer. A life mission to help pregnant women become educated and proactive about their own pregnancies began shortly after she lost her full-term daughter Olivia to a cord accident in January of 2011. Olivia was four days past her due date. At the International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Infant Survival, the stars were aligned when Yelda met Connie Hosker and Stacy Crews and after hearing about Project Alive & Kicking, wanted to get involved as much as she could.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Yelda was a reporter at People, a staff reporter at InStyle, and has freelanced at various other magazines such as Elle, Self, Lucky and Parents. After some period in journalism, Yelda attended New York Law School and graduated with honors. While in law school, she was the Notes and Comments Editor for The Journal of International and Comparative Law. She also worked as a corporate associate at one of New York City’s largest law firms, and after leaving the law, returned to journalism and writing. She is currently working on two books, one a spiritual memoir, and another a historical novel focusing on women in the Ottoman Empire.
Yelda also serves on two other boards. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Third Street Music School Settlement and the Library Board of Governors at Northwestern University. Born in Izmir, Turkey, she now lives in New York City with her husband Andrew, sons Benjamin and Noah, and two dogs, Boo and Lola.