Understanding Miscarriage

In Australia, a miscarriage is defined as the loss of a baby before 20 weeks gestation. 1 in 4 women will miscarry at some point in their lives, yet miscarriage is still a silent and often buried grief for many parents. It is a real and devastating loss which needs acknowledgement, and compassionate support is vital.

We are so sorry you have experienced the loss of your baby. Our hearts reach out to you, to let you know you are not alone. Whether you planned this pregnancy or not, whether you only just found out you were pregnant whilst losing your baby, whether you were 5 weeks or 15 weeks, there will be various emotional feelings you will experience over the coming weeks and months.

Unfortunately, there is still a cultural perception to move on quickly after having lost a baby early in pregnancy. This is pressure that no parent needs or welcomes. We want to reassure you that it’s ok to put you and your feelings first, take your own time, seek the support you need, surround yourself with those who validate and respect your feelings, and know that you have every right to grieve for your baby. This was your precious baby, and we understand the devastation and emptiness this can leave behind. Nothing can ever prepare you for your loss so we want to extend our thoughts and support to let you know we are here every step of the way.

“The best and the most beautiful things in world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”

Helen Keller

 


 

  1. Types – understand your situation
  2. Symptoms – know the danger signs to look out for
  3. Causes – know why they occur; it’s not ‘your fault’
  4. Management – determine your medical needs
  5. Afterwards – make a self care plan and arrange formalities