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.
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.
Miscarriage Association – helpline 01924 200799 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm)
Child Bereavement UK – helpline 0800 02 888 40
Sands – helpline 0808 164 3332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Samaritans – helpline 116 123
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Acorn Centre – (Nuneaton) 02476 381878 email@example.com
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/