For many, pregnancy is an exciting and hopeful time of anticipation. However, for women and their partners who experience the loss of a baby during pregnancy, delivery, or shortly after, this time can be bewildering and devastating. Whether you were pregnant for a very short time or you lost your baby shortly after birth, and no matter how or why your pregnancy ended, you deserve and need time to grieve in the best way for you as an individual. Studies have shown the importance of recognizing your loss and allowing yourself time to adjust to a “new normal” of yourself.
Many people who have not suffered this type of loss will not truly understand your sadness, and well-meaning friends and family members may say or do things that may feel unsupported and may make you feel alone. The pain women and their partners often feel after losing their baby has been described as a very lonely, empty pain. We understand this, and we encourage all women and their partners to seek out support and other resources at the hospital and in the greater community if they feel this can be an assistance to them.
If you have lost your baby, whether through miscarriage, termination of pregnancy, stillbirth or other medical reasons, and you would like more information about perinatal loss or where you can turn for support, please contact one of our perinatal loss counselors:
Susan Rizzato, MSW, LCSW
Aviva Cohen, MSW, LCSW