Loss of a normal pregnancy, birth, or baby.
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It can be very difficult for an individual or a family to come to terms when a pregnancy takes an unexpected course. It is not only families who have lost a baby, who can feel bereaved, because of the loss of a 'normal' pregnancy.
If a baby is found to have some kind of problem during the pregnancy as a result of a test or scan, the family can be left with difficult choices. If they choose to continue the pregnancy, they have to deal with the feelings of the loss of the 'normal' baby they dreamed of. Whatever the cause of the problem, the family will need support to come to terms with their loss, and to prepare to welcome a special baby into their family.
Sadly some women become very unwell during their pregnancy, necessitating an early delivery of their baby.
This can lead to feelings of bereavement - the loss of a 'normal' pregnancy and birth experience. Often these individuals and families need to visit their babies for weeks or months in Special Care, and can spend a long time worrying about whether their child will survive or not. They often feel the loss of the early weeks and months of their child's babyhood.
We can offer support to these families, to understand why their baby had to be born early, and help them to come to terms with their loss.