Coping with Miscarriages and Stillbirths

Radio Show

0

 

A miscarriage or stillbirth is a traumatic event. How can we cope and how can we help others who have experienced a pregnancy loss? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility and adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Lori Leo, author of “After Miscarriage, A Journey to Healing”; Reva Judas, founder of NechamaComfort, a nonprofit providing crisis intervention, guidance, and support in cases of infancy and pregnancy loss; and Ellen Krischer, Director of Programming at NechamaComfort.


+ Hit the Highlights

Terminology: stillbirth, miscarriage, spontaneous abortion, fetal demise, pregnancy loss. Both stillbirth and miscarriage are types of pregnancy loss or fetal demise, but they differ by when the loss occurs. A miscarriage (sometimes called a spontaneous abortion) is when a baby dies before the 20th week of pregnancy. Stillbirth is the death of a baby after the 20th week of pregnancy but before delivery.

  • How common are miscarriages? About 15-25% of recognized pregnancies will end in a miscarriage.
  • How common are stillbirths? Stillbirth happens in about 1% of pregnancies.
  • Creating a Family has extensive resources on what causes pregnancy loss and the latest treatment.
  • The special impact of miscarriage on those in fertility treatment. Have been trying longer. No assurance that they can get pregnant again. Have spent a LOT of money to get to this point.
  • Our society’s discomfort with acknowledging the loss of miscarriage. I think that it is less the case with a stillbirth.
  • How to comfort someone who has experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth? Practical tips.
  • Advantages or disadvantages of providing a ceremony surrounding the loss or a funeral. How to memorialize this loss.
  • How to seek closure without a ceremony?
  • Difference between when in the pregnancy you lost the baby.
  • How long does grief process take? When should you be concerned? When should you seek help?
  • Acknowledging the grief of extended family members.
  • Pregnancy after miscarriage. How to know when you are ready to try to get pregnant again?


+ Can’t listen now? Be sure to subscribe.

  • Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes
  • Subscribe to our radio RSS feed

Image credit: x1klima

04/10/2018 | by Radio Show | Categories: 2018 Shows, Infertility, Infertility Radio Shows, Radio Show | 0 Comments



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top ↑

Content created by Creating a Family. And remember, there are no guarantees in adoption or infertility treatment. The information provided or referenced on this website should be used only as part of an overall plan to help educate you about the joys and challenges of adopting a child or dealing with infertility. Although the following seems obvious, our attorney insists that we tell you specifically that the information provided on this site may not be appropriate or applicable to you, and despite our best efforts, it may contain errors or important omissions. You should rely only upon the professionals you employ to assist you directly with your individual circumstances. CREATING A FAMILY DOES NOT WARRANT THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS contained or referenced on this website. CREATING A FAMILY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR ERRORS or omissions in this information and materials and PROVIDES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, implied, express or statutory. IN NO EVENT WILL CREATING A FAMILY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, including without limitation direct or indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages, losses or expenses arising out of or in connection with the use of the information or materials, EVEN IF CREATING A FAMILY OR ITS AGENTS ARE NEGLIGENT AND/OR ARE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.