Counselling for Miscarriage
Counselling for Miscarriage
Sadly, for many women miscarriage is a part of having a family. With 1 in 3 pregnancies ending in miscarriage most women who have had 2 or more children will have experienced at least one. Whether your miscarriage was during the early weeks of pregnancy or much later on, coping with a miscarriage can cause feelings of sadness and depression in both parents.
Who Can Miscarriage Counselling Help?
Have you had a miscarriage and feel that you need support and advice that your friends and family can’t offer you? Do you feel overwhelmed by the pain of your miscarriage as if it will never pass? Are you struggling to re-engage with your life since your miscarriage? Do you feel hopeless about the future as if you no longer have anything to look forward to? Are you avoiding all reminders of pregnancy and children since your miscarriage? Has your miscarriage had a negative impact on your relationship with your partner or other children? Do you blame yourself for your miscarriage? Do you feel as if you have failed in some way because you have had a miscarriage?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions you may benefit from our counselling services to help you to cope with your miscarriage.
More information about Miscarriage
Miscarriage is nature’s way of ensuring the survival of the human race by allowing only the strongest and healthiest pregnancies to continue. Unexplained miscarriage is therefore not a sign that something is wrong with us, it is a sign that our bodies are functioning as they should and that next time we are more likely than not to carry a healthy baby to term. And the statistics bear this out:
- Miscarriage is usually a one-time occurrence.
- Most women who miscarry go on to have a healthy pregnancy after miscarriage. Less than 5 percent of women have two consecutive miscarriages, and only 1 percent have three or more consecutive miscarriages.
- 60-70% of women who have had repeated and unexplained miscarriages go on to have health pregnancies.
- 1 in 225 births ends in a stillbirth in the UK.
What Does Treatment Involve?
One of our Therapists will meet with you (individually or as a couple) to find out more about you and the miscarriage that you have suffered. They will ask you about your life before you became pregnant, your hopes and plan for the baby that you lost and the impact that your miscarriage has had on you, your partner and your family.
Next your Therapist will teach you about the way that our minds and bodies deal with grief and the processes that people have been hardwired to go through in order to survive the pain of loss. They will then look at your particular response and help you to make sense of this. Knowing what is happening to you and why can help the experience to feel less overwhelming and you to feel less hopeless and helpless within it.
You will then work with your Therapist to process your loss and work out how to reconfigure your life with your miscarriage as a part of it. One aspect of this will be to teach you skills to moderate the pain that you feel so that you are able to begin the process of re-engaging with your life.
Finally, your Therapist will help you to think about what comes next for you and your family, whether this is trying to conceive again, taking a break for a period, exploring other options for being a parent or deciding to move on to something else.
All of our Therapists offer Miscarriage counselling.