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    Miscarriage support in Warwickshire

    Find miscarriage support near you

    Did you see the miscarriage research that has just come from Imperial College London?

    The findings from the recent study showed that miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy can lead to ‘long-term post-traumatic stress’. In fact, they went on to state that one in six women experience these effects.

    650 women who had experienced an early pregnancy loss took part in the study. Consequently, it’s the largest ever study into the psychological impact.

    The results from this miscarriage research revealed that one month following pregnancy loss, 29% suffered post-traumatic stress, 24% experienced moderate to severe anxiety, and 11% had moderate to severe depression.

    Nine months later, 18% of women had post-traumatic stress, 17% anxiety, and 6% had depression. 

    It therefore highlights that we need more miscarriage support and aftercare.

    Experiencing miscarriage

    Sadly, here at Warwickshire Kids, we’ve been through miscarriage ourselves so we know just how devastating it is.

    No matter how many weeks pregnant you are, you lose your baby and all of the dreams you’ve already made.

    After that, the woman then has to ensure invasive medical procedures, the horrible physical process, and the longer-lasting after effects. Partners are often expected to ‘get on with it’, but they too are, of course, affected by the loss.

    One of the main reasons that it is so hard to understand is that there are no answers or reasons why. In fact, a lot of parents feel that they can’t talk about what has happened. It might even be that they don’t know who they can reach out to. In addition, other people don’t always know what to say or say the wrong thing to a grieving parent.

    This can make you feel very alone, so it is no wonder that it can cause mental health issues.

    Support for miscarriage

    If you have experienced an early pregnancy loss, your recovery and how you try to come to terms with it will be completely personal.

    Perhaps you’re a talker and could benefit from counselling? Maybe you prefer to read other’s stories? Whatever it is, for your own wellbeing, we recommend finding out what miscarriage support is available to you.

    There are 250,000 miscarriages and 10,000 ectopic pregnancies every year. In other words, you are not alone and not to blame in any way.

    Here is a list of organisations that you can contact for support to help with your miscarriage recovery.

    Miscarriage support will vary depend on your location, but we hope that you can find something.

    Helplines

    Miscarriage Association – helpline 01924 200799 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm)

    Tommy’s – helpline 0800 014 7800 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or email at midwife@tommys.org

    Child Bereavement UK – helpline 0800 02 888 40

    Sands – helpline 0808 164 3332 or email helpline@sands.org.uk

    Cruse Bereavement Care – helpline 0808 808 1677 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm) and a network of local branches where you can find support.

    Samaritans – helpline 116 123

    NCT

    Clinics

    There is an amazing resource under Professor Quenby who holds clinics in recurrent miscarriage in Coventry. You will need to speak to your GP to be referred.

    Support groups and counselling

    Sophia Pregnancy Loss Support – (Nuneaton, Bedworth, North Warwickshire) email at sophiagroup16@gmail.com. Support group on the first Tuesday of each month at Combe House, George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

    North Warwickshire Counselling Service – (Nuneaton) 024 7632 0095 nwcs.nwcs@btconnect.com

    The Acorn Centre – (Nuneaton) 02476 381878 info@acorncentrewarks.org.uk

    Hope Group – (UHCW Coventry) – pregnancy after loss

    Life Charity – (Leamington Spa) 01926 312272

    Online support groups

    Tommy’s Facebook support group – a safe destination for the baby loss community

    Public group – Sophia Pregnancy Loss Support

    Closed group – Sophia Pregnancy Loss Support

    Closed group – Sophia Pregnancy Loss Support – DADS

    Read more about the miscarriage study at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/194715/miscarriage-ectopic-pregnancy-trigger-long-term-post-traumatic/

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  • InFamily friendly days out, Resources

    Family planner: a year of family memories – FREE download

    The new year and new decade has arrived.

    Your social media feeds will be full of 10 Year Challenge posts. Some of which will make you feel really old.

    And if that’s not enough to remind you of your age, if you remember the turn of the century, you’ll be trying to work out where the last 20 years have gone.

    It’s a fact of life that as we get older, time seems to tick by faster and faster each year.

    Throw children into the mix, and you’ll feel as though it’s been five minutes since last New Year’s Day.

    Happy New Year 2020

    The reason? As modern parents, we feel pulled in every direction to keep everyone happy.

    Organising and caring for kids is a full time job in itself. Anything on top of that explains why the weeks just disappear. Not to mention parent guilt and trying to cram family time in too.

    Don’t worry though, we have the answer.

    Make memories that last a lifetime

    Family days out and adventures with the children are, for most parents, what weekends and holidays are about.

    Exploring new places or activities and making memories are what help to shape a child’s upbringing. It goes without saying therefore, that family times are what they that they will remember the most.

    They are often what we forget to do though, and can be expensive.

    Well, perhaps not.

    Planning made easy

    The key to winning at any kind of parenting task is to break it down.

    Things don’t seem quite so daunting if you’re taking baby steps and get a loose plan together.

    So how do you fancy some help in planning your year?

    This is something I came up with when expecting my second child. I was so worried that in the blur of newborn days, my eldest who was 3 at the time, would miss out on the fun times we’d always shared together. It’s also easy to forget your own name as a new parent, so planning to go to new places is often virtually impossible.

    12-month memory planner

    I created a 12-month planner of 3-4 manageable things to look forward to each month and ticked them off as we went.

    Each month might include visiting a new park or attraction, learning a new craft, an annual tradition, an experiment, or simply just coming up with a fun new idea. For example, go for a picnic, have a tea party, do a treasure hunt, or make a pom pom creature.

    The best part is that they were things to do with the kids that were easy and could be adapted to suit the budget.

    In planning your year you:

    • Alleviate your own worries about forgetting to focus on spending quality time together
    • Create a lovely plan of new activities that the kids will love to tick off
    • Won’t be having to think up ideas for family time last minute
    • Produce a lasting keepsake of the year you had together, so there will be no confusion in what you’ve been up to

    This will be our 3rd year of planning our family times, and I can honestly say that having my planner printed and hanging on the fridge door is a lifesaver.

    So here’s the thing… I’m sharing my planner with you this year.

    Simply sign up below to receive a 2020 planner that you can use to plan your family time.

    Year long family plan for 2020

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    If you need some inspiration for what to add, here are a few ideas:

    • Go on a winter walk
    • Have a superhero tea party
    • Have a movie night
    • Make thank you cards
    • Collect leaves and make a nature picture
    • Find a new park
    • Go swimming outdoors
    • Camp in the garden
    • Make a movie with teddies
    • Put on fancy dress and take funny pictures
    • So painting and frame it
    • Go to a theme park
    • Go ice skating
    • Watch a live sports game
    • Make salt dough
    • Go to the cinema
    • Visit a relative
    • Have a day out at the seaside

    The world is quite literally your oyster. And remember, there’s nothing more demoralising than a not being able to tick anything off a list. Keep it achievable.

    We really hope that it helps you to make 2020 a year that everyone will remember.

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