I stand with you, I grieve with you, I remember you.
October is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, a time to acknowledge those who have experienced pregnancy loss or infant death. While most pregnancies result in the delivery of healthy babies, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss (miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death).
Despite the prevalence of these types of loss, many grieving families feel alone in their suffering. Grief around a pregnancy loss can be deep and complicated. You may grieve for the loss of your child, or for what you thought your future would hold. You may also grieve for your partner’s loss.
Pregnancy loss is a topic that’s not spoken about enough, but it needs to be. It’s essential that bereaved parents don’t feel alone and that they can get the support they need.
The documentary ‘Misunderstandings of Miscarriage’ was released this month on Stan and follows Tahyna MacManus on her four-year journey of pregnancy and miscarriage. The powerful film exposes the pain of pregnancy loss and shares experiences of other women in search of support and understanding.
If you are suffering from a pregnancy loss, there are many supports available. Please reach out to your friends, family or doctor, share your grief and allow others to support you and your partner.
Here are some organisations that can help.
- Bears of Hope www.bearsofhope.org.au
- Pink Elephants Support Network www.pinkelephantsupport.com
- Pregnancy Loss Australia www.pregnancylossaustralia.org.au
- Red Nose, Grief & Loss (formerly SIDS & KIDS) www.rednosegrief.com.au
- SANDS www.sands.org.au
- The Antenatal & Postnatal Psychology Network is a Melbourne-wide network of psychologists who support women and couples who have experienced perinatal loss: www.antenatalandpostnatalpsychology.com.au