about the loss of her baby including during pregnancy or after the birth of the infant.
Sometimes you need a private outlet for your grieving process where you can create personal and spiritual meaning. Creation of personal rituals and family rituals are encouraged.
Grief is a universal, normal human emotion that usually subsides with time, but of course, as we all eventually may discover, grief is experienced at different levels over a lifetime. Recent studies show that the emotions surrounding a miscarriage are acutely felt even after fourteen years. Pregnancy loss encompasses different experiences. Perhaps you miscarried, perhaps your baby was born stillborn, or perhaps you experienced the shock of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Whichever it may be, you lost your baby and your grief and pain are overwhelming. You feel this grief on a body level. Your stomach may be upset, you may have diarrhea, joint pains, or headaches. These are normal grief reactions as grief is experienced on both a body and mind level.
EMDR, expressive art, visualization and rituals are used to assist with helping people express their grief and positively move forward.
Loss of your infant changes your family forever. Surviving the emotional impact takes time and self-care.
If you’ve experienced the sadness of losing your infant pre-birth or after birth, and you feel like you need a safe place to talk, professional counseling services are available.
The subject of pregnancy loss covers a broad range of experiences, including miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death and medically induced abortion. It is only recently that this scope of pregnancy loss has been recognized as an event that causes real grief. Using this definition, one in four women experience a pregnancy loss in their lifetime. Prior pregnancy loss is a risk factor for development of a perinatal mood disorder. Grief experienced previously may be re-experienced at the time of your new pregnancy and birth. It may unexpectedly cause feelings of sadness to occur as you care for your baby in the first year, at a time when you would like to be experiencing joy.
Women need to know it is okay to ask for help.
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When you are facing a barrage of emotions, it can be helpful to identify and validate what you are feeling.
(SIDS) Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Without blame or judgment, you can safely explore the past and imagine the future.
Anger, Sadness, and Grief
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how you authentically feel and how you can manage interactions with family, friends, and others