How we can help

 

The Miscarriage Association provides support and information to anyone affected by pregnancy loss, through:

A staffed helpline

Call us on 01924 200799 Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will always try to be of help.

(If it’s professional counselling that you’re looking for, please see below.)

e-mail support

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

Support network

We have a UK-wide network of support volunteers, who have been through the experience of pregnancy loss themselves and can offer real understanding and a listening ear. Most offer support by telephone and some run monthly support groups.  Contact us if you need details for  any of the groups listed below.

We have support groups in:

  • Birmingham:
    • Birmingham Women’s Hospital
    • Heartlands Hospital, meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6.30 to 8 p.m. (email thepinksnblues@gmail.com for more details)
  • the Black Country:
    • meets in the Dudley area
  • Bristol:
    • meets at the Alma Church, Clifton on the 1st Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm. Further details on Facebook at Bristol Miscarriage Support.
  • Chester/North Wales:
    • meets at Caldy Valley Church Centre, Great Boughton on the 1st Tuesday of the month
  • Coleraine, Northern Ireland:
    • starting at the end of April 2014, this group will meet on the last Tuesday of the month, from 7 – 8.30 p.m..  Contact us for details.
  • Edinburgh:
    • meets at the Craiglochart Sports Centre’s Tennis Tournament Building on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
  • Glasgow:
    • meets at the New Victoria Hospital on the 1st Thursday of the month
  • Huntingdon
  • Ipswich & Suffolk:
    • meets at the Women’s Centre, 37 Berners Street, Ipswich IP1 3LN on the first Tuesday of the month. Text 07905 001429 for more details
  • London:
    • meets once a month in the Prayer Room at Guy’s Hospital. Next meetings will be April 24th and (a change of date) May 22nd at 6.30 p.m.. Contact MALondon2014@outlook.com for more information and directions.
  • Manchester:
    • Text 07504 045615 for details of venue and meeting dates
  • Nottingham:
    • meets at Sherwood Methodist Church
  • Retford, North Notts:
    • venue and timings to be confirmed: contact us for details.
  • Royston/Stevenage:
    • meets once a month in Royston. Contact 07906 559756 for more details.
  • South Wales:
    • meets at St Margaret’s Church, Aberaman
  • Worcester
    • Meets once a month. Contact misc.worcs@fsmail.net for details.
  • York:
    • meets at York Hospital Bereavement Suite on the first Wednesday of the month

Call or e-mail us to get further details of your nearest support volunteer or group.

Forum

Our online forum is a safe space for people to share thoughts, feelings and experiences about miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and molar pregnancy. We hope you find it helpful.

The forum is pre-moderated by the M.A.. This means that all posts are read by M.A. staff or volunteers before we post them, so as to avoid anything that is potentially harmful, abusive, defamatory, illegal or contrary to M.A. policies. This is for the protection of all users and of the M.A. itself.

All registrations for the forum must be approved by M.A. staff. The registration process is simple, but please bear in mind that the office is only open during working hours and there may therefore be a delay in approving registration.

Leaflets

We have a range of leaflets that talk about the facts and feelings of miscarriage, ectopic and molar pregnancy.  They are all available to download from this website.  We always welcome suggestions for new leaflet topics.

Website

We aim to provide support, information and friendship across our website. Do look around and most important, if there’s something you can’t find or that you think should be here, please tell us.

Counselling

The Miscarriage Association does not provide a counselling service but we know how helpful professional counselling can be. To find a qualified and registered counsellor, you can:

  • Ask your GP: there may be a counsellor at the practice or they may refer to an external counsellor.  In either case, counselling should be free of charge.
  • Ask someone whom you know has had counselling; they may be able to recommend someone, either NHS or fee-paying
  • Check the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. They keep a register of qualified counsellors and you can search by geographical location and by areas of special interest or skill (e.g. bereavement and loss). This will be fee-paying, possibly on a sliding scale.
  • Use the Counselling Directory’s website to read more about counselling and to search for qualified and registered practioners: www.counselling-directory.org.uk
  • For counselling on relationship and/or sexual problems, try Relate – a long-established organisation with local branches. Fee-paying, possibly on a sliding scale.
  • For counselling relating to fertility investigations or treatment, try the British Infertility Counselling Association. All counsellors have specialised training in issues relating to fertility problems, including pregnancy loss. NHS referrals may be free or fee-paying; private referrals will be fee-paying.

You might find it helpful to read Phillip Hodson’s guide: Ten Rules for choosing a counsellor.