Perinatal Loss

Counselling for Perinatal Loss – help with IVF failed cycles, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, genetic termination, stillbirth, neonatal death and pregnancy after loss – we can help…

“I didn’t know miscarriage was so common, and I never thought it would happen to me.” ~ Julie, 34

“I have never known such pain…” ~ Anna, 29

“How can I trust my body with another pregnancy?  Can I carry a pregnancy to term with a live baby?  I just don’t trust my body anymore.”  ~ Sally, 30

Parents do not expect their baby to die.  At a time when there is meant to be so much joy, everything goes horribly wrong.

About 2558 babies die each year in Australia from causes related to stillbirth and neonatal death.  A further 55,000 are estimated to die from causes related to miscarriage.  While these deaths are relatively common in number, the impact on individuals, couples and families can be devastating.  We can walk with you on this very individual journey of grief as you adjust to your loss.

Sometimes the causes of the death are known, but often they are not.  This leaves bereaved parents not knowing what to be afraid of, and what they might do differently next time to try to prevent the loss of another baby.  Anxieties run high.

Friends and extended family sometimes don’t know what to say or do to help.  They try, but often they miss the mark.  At the Centre for Perinatal Psychology, we know that it is important to talk about your loss and your baby – the fantasies and hopes and joys you held for your life together.  We know how to support you through this so you are not alone.

Many parents also consult with us when they are thinking about falling pregnant or are currently pregnant following a loss.  Together we explore how to cope with a subsequent pregnancy after experiencing a loss.  This involves thinking about this new arrival and the person they are, as well as not forgetting the baby who has died or the pregnancy that ended.  This seems important as many women speak of feeling they are betraying or disrespecting their lost baby if they are to feel joy for a subsequent pregnancy.  We also explore ways to manage your anxiety during a subsequent pregnancy so that you do not feel too overwhelmed.

Common reasons for seeking help with us around perinatal loss:

  • IVF ‘failed cycle’
  • Miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Genetic termination
  • Stillbirth
  • Neonatal death
  • Pregnancy after loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Contact us Today

Find a psychologist near you that can help you with your perinatal loss and subsequent pregnancies.  You can search by Location.

Call us on 1300 852 660 or contact us to make an appointment or enquiry.

Watch the moving video below on stillbirth called ‘Born in Silence’, produced by the Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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