Support groups

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 of them provide support for people with particular experiences or circumstances – e.g. ectopic pregnancy, fertility problems, or recurrent miscarriage.  Contact us for details.

Miscarriage and pregnancy loss support groups

We also have a number of monthly support groupsN.B. As of 16.3.20, we have advised all our groups to suspend face to face meetings for the time being, to minimise coronavirus infection, but some groups are meeting via Zoom – see below. winchester-support-group

These offer an opportunity to meet with others who have experienced pregnancy loss, to share thoughts, feelings and experiences in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

The thought of going to a support group can be daunting – but for many, it is actually a very positive experience.

Sara notes:

I was quite nervous of going and I was worried I might break down in front of a group of strangers. As it happened I found the session extremely helpful and I am really looking forward to going again.

For anyone who’s anxious about going to a group, give it a try. You will be in a supportive environment, often a small group and you don’t have to share unless you’re ready to. Sometimes you realise more about your own feelings by listening to others.

Support groups meeting via Zoom

Some of our pregnancy loss support groups, including a new Pregnant After Loss group, are currently meeting via Zoom. This means that while they are run by a volunteer local to a specific area, and named according to the volunteer’s location, anyone is welcome to join.

Support volunteer, Brigitte, says:

If you’ve found it hard getting to a support group now’s your chance to try one without travelling miles! You can say as much as you want or just listen and know you’re not the only one feeling like you do. You can even give a few groups a try.

Feedback from these groups is very positive and we hope to continue some of these Zoom meetings even after it is deemed safe for people to meet in person again.

Joining a Zoom support group

To join a group, simply choose one from the days and times listed below and contact juanita@miscarriageassociation.org.uk to ask for the Zoom link to take part.  Please get in touch with her before 4 p.m. on the day of the meeting you want to attend.

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

 

A Zoom support group member commented:

It was the first I attended and words can’t begin to describe how incredible I found it. It was good to finally be able to share my experience with another group of women who’d been through similar. I wanted to give each and every one of them a virtual hug! I have woken today feeling the best that I have since the situation began, and finally feel like a weight has been lifted.

Support group locations

More information about all our support groups:

Contact us to get further details of your nearest support volunteer or group.