Job vacancy at the M.A.

Could you be part of our helpline team, supporting people who have lost a baby in pregnancy?

The Miscarriage Association (M.A.) works to ensure that everyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy receives the care, support and information that they need.

We are seeking an additional Helpline Support Worker to add to our small team in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. We are looking for someone who can provide a sensitive and informed response to calls, emails and online requests for support and information.

The successful applicant will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to communicate clearly, accurately and sensitively to a range of people on the phone, in writing and online.  S/he will have excellent listening skills, warmth and empathy and be able to cope on a daily basis with people who are distressed.

 

Salary: £20,137 + depending on experience

Hours: 37.5 hours/week.

Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Applications, to be sent by e-mail, must reach us by 12 noon on Wednesday 5 October.  Short-listed applicants will be contacted in the week beginning 7 October and interviews will be held on Thursday 20 October. 

 

You’ll find all the job and application details at www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/about-us/the-charity/job-vacancy-helpline-support-worker/

 

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Job vacancy at the M.A.

Could you be part of our helpline team, supporting people who have lost a baby in pregnancy?

The Miscarriage Association (M.A.) works to ensure that everyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy receives the care, support and information that they need.

We are seeking an additional Helpline Support Worker to add to our small team in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. We are looking for someone who can provide a sensitive and informed response to calls, emails and online requests for support and information.

The successful applicant will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to communicate clearly, accurately and sensitively to a range of people on the phone, in writing and online.  S/he will have excellent listening skills, warmth and empathy and be able to cope on a daily basis with people who are distressed.

Salary: £20,137 + depending on experience

Hours: 37.5 hours/week.

Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Applications, to be sent by e-mail, must reach us by 12 noon on Wednesday 5 October.  Short-listed applicants will be contacted in the week beginning 7 October and interviews will be held on Thursday 20 October. 

 

You’ll find all the job and application details at www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/about-us/the-charity/job-vacancy-helpline-support-worker/

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Reducing the loneliness

Losing a baby in pregnancy can be a deeply distressing experience – but it shouldn’t have to be a lonely one.  We are here to offer support and a listening ear, whether that’s over the phone, in one of our support groups, by email or online.

Here’s how to reach us:

 

Call our helpline Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on 01924 200795

“I felt that I couldn’t really talk to anyone after the first few weeks and I called the helpline. I just talked and cried and the lovely lady on the phone listened without judging me or getting bored. It really helped. I wasn’t sure what I was going to say before the phone was answered but it just came out.” 

 

E-mail us at info@miscarriageassociation.org.uk. We aim to reply the same or the next working day.

“Thank you SO MUCH for answering my questions honestly and openly. I haven’t been able to vocalise these worries to my midwife so your reply is just what I needed. This pregnancy is fine so far but obviously that doesn’t stop me worrying. Thank you again, for your concern and your response.” 

 

Call one of our support volunteers – someone who has been through pregnancy loss herself/himself: our helpline staff can give you details of your nearest volunteer.

“You have given me that chance to have the conversation I really needed to have. I could not find anyone else to have it with.” 

 

Go along to one of our support groups.  You’ll find a list here.

“I came along to the group in February and I just wanted to say thank you very much for organising it. While I only came once it helped me a lot. I don’t know when I’ll be back again as I’m actually pregnant again. But I really appreciated the group existing and the option to talk to others very honestly who really understood.”

 

Join our online forum: a safe, secure and friendly place where you can share your thoughts, feelings and experiences with others who have been through something similar. 

“I have spent hours on this forum in the past 18 months. It has given me somewhere to share my heartache and helped me realise that I was not alone at a point in my life where I felt so alienated from everyone around me. The forum gave me the opportunity to connect with people who knew how I felt.” 

 

Join one of our Facebook groups  – busy and active groups where people from across the UK and well beyond it come together to talk about their experiences.

“I cannot tell you how lost I was until I found this group it truly was like running into a big pair of open comfy safe arms where everybody understood how I felt and confirmation that I wasn’t nuts or weird. I realized my reactions were all normal that alone helped.” 

 

Read others’ stories here and think about sharing your own.

 

You really don’t ever have to feel alone.

 

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Telling your stories, sharing your experiences

In talks to health professionals, we often talk about pregnancy loss as an individual experience.  No matter how many women have come through the clinic with miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy, each is an individual, and so too is each pregnancy and each loss and the feelings that go along with them.

Your stories show that time and time again.  Stories of loss and disappointment, of pain and heartache, but also of hope and strength.  Each one is different but you may well find feelings that ring true for you too.

You’ll find many of them in our Personal Reflections section, where you can just read through stories at random or browse by topic to find those that might feel most relevant to you.

You’ll also find stories at Days That Matter  – and you might like to share your memories or thoughts of a special day too.

For now, though, we’d like to share four stories:

Kat remembers a time of heartbreak.

Heartbroken - Kat M June 2016

 

Sarah shares her experiences of repeated miscarriages.

Mum100 blogs about IVF and miscarriage.

And Jade talks about her experience of molar pregnancy.

 

 

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Spreading the word this Spring

We’ve already had more than 70 people getting active to help raise awareness and funds for us this year. And a different type of activity is coming up soon, which involves black tie rather than running gear. Two of our supporters, Romy and Dean Rawlings, are organising a very special ball.

You can hear a poignant interview with Romy and Dean on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire – listen here from about 2h05. They talk about going through the grieving process together after miscarriage and how talking to people who understand can be a real relief.

The ball, ‘The Next Step’, will be held in the Royal Pump Room in Leamington Spa on 11 June, you can find contact details here.

We’ve also got great news to share from our Trustee, Barbara Hepworth-Jones, who has been awarded Volunteer Superhero by her workplace Roche, for all the fantastic voluntary work she does helping to raise awareness of pregnancy loss. This is ever so well deserved and even comes with a generous donation to the Miscarriage Association.

Thank you to everyone who helps to raise awareness and funds, working with us to help make sure anyone affected by pregnancy loss doesn’t feel alone.

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Website development – seeking your views

We’re reviewing the design and content of our website to make it as helpful and user-friendly as possible, and we really want YOUR views.

We have put together a short survey and would really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to fill it in. There are some multiple choice questions, as well as an opportunity to provide general comments and to be involved in the next stages of the website development.

The survey will close on Monday 16 May.

Your input will feed into our work as we review all aspects of the website and consider developing the design and features over the next few months. We very much look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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Thoughts and feelings, words and deeds

Just as the experience of losing a baby in pregnancy is unique, so too are the ways people deal with it.

Some share their thoughts and feelings, whether with a few close family or friends or perhaps more publicly, as Jessica and Laura have done.

Some keep their feelings private, perhaps putting on a brave face or perhaps simply finding it easier to cope this way.

Some people express their thoughts and feelings through music or poetry as Arnold did, or through art, dance or theatre.

Some use ritual or religion, ceremonies or other ways to mark their loss.

Some take action: volunteering to help others, fundraising for charity or perhaps setting up their own; or working to change law and practice or to raise awareness.

Whatever you do, let it be right be for you – the right way, the right time, whatever helps you through or gives meaning to your loss.  And know that you don’t have to do it alone.  There are others who will understand, who can provide support if you need it – whether that’s a listening ear, or sponsoring your half-marathon or re-tweeting your blog.

We send our best wishes to those of you still struggling.  And we send our thanks to those of you who are helping to make a difference to them and to others: our support volunteers, media volunteers and Trustees; our London Marathon team and other fundraisers; our colleagues working in other baby loss charities; and those health professionals working to provide the best research and care in pregnancy loss.

 

 

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Ectopic pregnancy: information, support and a chance to comment

Ectopic pregnancy can be a very upsetting and frightening experience. Treatment decisions may have to be made very quickly, leaving little time for dealing with the emotional impact of losing a baby or anxiety about the future.

Thankfully, there is information and support available.  What’s more, the organisations offering these resources all want your views on what is important in the care and support of women going through ectopic pregnancy.

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecoloists

Right now, the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists is inviting comments on a new Ectopic Pregnancy patient information leaflet that they are publishing.  The closing date for comments is 3 April.

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Our own leaflet on Ectopic Pregnancy will be due for revision in October this year, and we’d certainly appreciate your comments and any thoughts on possible changes.

We’d also like to publish more personal accounts and reflections on ectopic pregnancy.  This can be such a lonely experience, both at the time and when thinking about another pregnancy, and reading others’ stories can really help.  If you’d like to share your story please do send it to us.

You might also like to know that there is an Ectopic Pregnancy board on our online forum   – a safe and secure space to share experiences, thoughts and feelings.  In addition, we have support volunteers who have personal experience of ectopic pregnancy and can offer per support over the phone.

Nobody should have to go through this distressing experience alone.  We hope that some of you will be able to help us ensure that everyone receives the care, information and support that they need.

 

 

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Miscarriage in the news

Recurrent miscarriage can be devastating.  When pregnancy after pregnancy ends in heartbreak it can be harder and harder to put oneself through it – especially if no obvious cause is ever found, or possible treatment identified.

That’s why news of a possible breakthrough in miscarriage research is so heartening.  Published today*, the research by the team at Warwick University offers a new understanding of how problems in the endometrium (the lining of the womb) may be the cause of recurrent miscarriage in many women with that history.

The more we learn about the possible causes of miscarriage, the higher the chances of intervention to reduce its incidence.  This research, from a highly regarded team, really moves our understanding forward, raising the possibility of screening and possible future treatments before pregnancy for women with a history of miscarriage.

As with all research, this is just the beginning and there is more work to be done.  But it’s a very exciting beginning and we greatly look forward to further developments.

 

*  Lucas, E. S., Dyer, N. P., Murakami, K., Hou Lee, Y., Chan, Y.-W., Grimaldi, G., Muter, J., Brighton, P. J., Moore, J. D., Patel, G., Chan, J. K.Y., Takeda, S., Lam, E. W.-F., Quenby, S., Ott, S. and Brosens, J. J. (2016), Loss of Endometrial Plasticity in Recurrent Pregnancy Loss. STEM CELLS, 34: 346–356. doi: 10.1002/stem.2222

 

 

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Talking about pregnancy loss

People often reflect on the feeling that miscarriage is a taboo – and that when it comes to ectopic and molar pregnancy, these losses are even more hidden.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though, which is why we highlight here some examples of people talking about their experience of pregnancy loss and its impact on their lives.

 

After two missed miscarriages, Charlie went on to have her son, now 13 months old.  But, she notes:

Miscarriage is never far from my thoughts.  I think about those lost pregnancies and I think about future pregnancies and whether I’ll suffer the same complications. I am acutely aware that we may have to go through heartache again.

You can read her blog here.

 

Dan and his wife were delighted to be expecting their second child, but an ultrasound scan changed everything.  He shares his reflections on how he and his wife attempted to make sense of their experience of miscarriage.

 

And Angela, childless, writes a searingly honest blog about coping (or not) with other people’s babies.

 

 

 

 

 

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