Simple Ways To Help A Mother Who Has Lost A Child In Pregnancy And They Will Never Forget You Simple Ways To Help A Mother Who Has Lost A Child In Pregnancy And They Will Never Forget You
The loss of a child during the latter half of pregnancy or the first year of life, known as the perinatal period, affects nearly... Simple Ways To Help A Mother Who Has Lost A Child In Pregnancy And They Will Never Forget You

The loss of a child during the latter half of pregnancy or the first year of life, known as the perinatal period, affects nearly 50,000 new or expectant mothers each year .

When a stillbirth or infant death occurs, a medical evaluation is performed in hopes of determining the cause of death. Scant effort, however, is typically devoted to the emotional aftermath of these losses.

The grief experienced after losing a child during pregnancy or infancy can be particularly isolating for the surviving mother. Few obstetricians or pediatricians have been trained to provide grief support to parents following the loss of a baby. And family members often struggle to provide support.

There are two reasons for this. First, few will have experienced a similar loss and the empathy that might come from it. Second, few, if any, will have established the same emotional bonds with the child at such an early time. Even the surviving father may struggle to understand the mother’s intense grief.

Perinatal loss may also trigger mental illnesses, in particular, major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The symptoms of depression overlap considerably with those of grief, making it challenging to distinguish the two. If the surviving mother is experiencing feelings of emptiness or worthlessness that are not even briefly comforted by warm memories of her child or her pregnancy or if she is experiencing thoughts of suicide, then she is likely to be experiencing depression.

The nightmares, flashbacks and extreme anxiety that accompany PTSD following perinatal loss may lead women to avoid a wide array of anxiety triggers, including future attempts at conception or even being around children. Women experiencing symptoms of depression or PTSD should seek a mental health evaluation.

Fortunately, there are both peer support and mental health services available to help women. First Candle, MISS Foundation and Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support all provide online access to information and other resources.

If you’ve suffered the loss of a baby and need help, services are available in South Florida, including several chapters of The Compassionate Friends, a peer-support organization with local support group meetings, and the Women’s Reproductive Mental Health (WRMtH) program at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, which provides psychiatric evaluation and treatment to women experiencing depression, PTSD or other disorders following a pregnancy or infant loss.

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  • Latasha agee

    September 2, 2016 #1 Author

    Thanks for the helpful information I have a sister who recently lost an child

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  • Bella brown

    September 2, 2016 #2 Author

    I suffered the loss of my first child back in 2006 and I never seemed to get over it. It was extremely hard and nobody seemed to feel my pain not even the father because it was so early. I’m extremely happy that there is help out there now.

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  • Carina

    September 3, 2016 #3 Author

    My sister lost recently a baby and is hard because she crie every day and i do not know what to tell her sometimes but thanks for the information

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  • Merilyn Oq

    September 3, 2016 #4 Author

    Thanks for the information, I hope it goes a long way for people who have suffered any loss….

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