After a miscarriage, it can be hard for many women to find the support that they need. You might feel you’re being a burden by sharing your feelings with friends or family members, or you simply don’t have anyone to talk to.
The Miscarriage Association offers support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy – whether that’s suspected or confirmed, whether it happened recently or long ago.
Most people who contact the Miscarriage Associations are women experiencing loss but we also hear from partners, family, friends and colleagues. We often hear from women who are pregnant after a previous loss or losses, when they are understandably very anxious.
Honest, clear advice
The Association gives straightforward and honest support to those who contact them. People like to ask us the questions that they don’t necessarily want to ask at the doctors or things that they don’t understand; for instance, what it means when a doctor doesn’t send them for a scan and what certain medical terms might mean.
The organisation has just 7 paid members of staff and a network of volunteers. Many of the volunteers have been through the same heartbreak as callers, so people who phone in can feel that they are being understood on a more personal level.
We have 165,000 hits a month on the website and about more than 450 calls, emails and messages through Livechat.
Help is at hand
High profile miscarriages and losses, such as those suffered by Lily Allen and Amanda Holden, have helped to raise public awareness of miscarriage and stillbirth. However, they’ve also shown the light at the end of the tunnel, with both of the stars subsequently enjoying healthy pregnancies.
If you have been affected by miscarriage and need support, advice or just someone who wlil listen to you, then call the Miscarriage Association Helpline on 01924 200 799 or visit us at The Miscarriage Association.
Ruth Bender Atik has been National Director of the Miscarriage Association since 1993. She is a qualified social worker and has written guidance for NHS staff on Caring for Patients with Pregnancy Loss.