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New mental health resources to support you during and after pregnancy loss

1st May 2019

We have published new resources about pregnancy loss and mental health to help people find support and take care of themselves during and after pregnancy loss.

Experiencing pregnancy loss may mean you need to take even greater care of yourself for a while. You may have experienced the physical loss yourself, or you may be the partner or loved one of someone who has.

Feelings of loss, grief, anxiety and anger are both common and understandable after pregnancy loss.  However, for some, their loss or losses may be part of what causes a mental health problem, such as PTSD or depression.  And for others, their experience makes existing mental health problems worse.

Our new information aims to support anyone who is finding it difficult to cope with the feelings they have during and after pregnancy loss, or in future pregnancy.

Based on research we carried out last year, surveying almost 2000 people who have experienced pregnancy loss, the resources include new web pages about the issues, information and a video about accessing counselling, a leaflet and personal stories.

Reading the experiences of others can often help us feel less alone. Jess thought she was OK after her miscarriage, but then fell into a deep depression when her sister announced she was pregnant. She has very generously shared her story with us about miscarriage and depression.

Our thanks to writer and researcher Clare Foster for leading this project, to Julia Bueno for her input and to the QBE Foundation for funding this work.

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