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Perinatal Loss Grief Counseling 

Child loss during the perinatal period is not uncommon - yet very few people talk about it due to the complicated feelings that arise. The fact is: American society is ill-equipped to support parents navigating this reality. For these reasons, the grief experienced after the death of a child during pregnancy, birth, or infancy can be traumatic and isolating. 

 

Miscarriage, stillbirth, TFMR, embryo loss, ectopic pregnancy, neonatal death, and SIDS are deeply distressing experiences that can have profound effects on mental health.

 

Parents may grapple with a complex array of emotions, including sadness, guilt, anger, confusion, and shame - amongst many other feelings that might be difficult to name or process. 

 

Despite what we're taught to expect about mourning the death of a loved one (especially a child), the psychological impact extends beyond the immediate aftermath, often lingering months and years after the physical loss has occurred.

 

Untreated trauma and grief associated with perinatal loss can have lasting repercussions on emotional well-being, leading to a significantly higher risk of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

 

Starting grief counseling may be a critical part of understanding and processing the loss, and finding meaningful, healthy ways to integrate this difficult reality into your life.

 

By acknowledging the unique challenges faced by individuals navigating life after the death of a child in therapy, we can de-stigmatize the experience, connect you with relevant support and resources, and promote your inner healing and resilience.

When it's time to get bereavement support:

Intense Sadness

Overwhelming feelings of sadness and despair are common following miscarriage or stillbirth. Mothers may struggle to find joy in everyday activities and experience waves of profound sorrow and grief. When these thoughts become about your worthiness to live, it's especially important to get help.

Guilt & Self Blame

Many mothers and birthing parents blame themselves for the death of their child, even if the circumstances were beyond their control. In therapy, we can unpack these thoughts and prevent them from becoming persistent, pervasive, and intrusive.

Anxiety & Fear

Fear of experiencing another loss or anxiety about future pregnancies is prevalent among mothers who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth or other forms of perinatal loss. These feelings can be debilitating and impact daily functioning.

Anger & Irritability

Grief can manifest as anger, whether directed towards oneself, others, or the situation itself. Mothers may feel a sense of injustice or frustration, leading to irritability and mood swings. These feelings can be confusing, uncomfortable, and scary. Therapy is a safe place to process.

Difficulty Sleeping or Eating

Insomnia, changes in appetite, and disturbances in sleep (i.e., night terrors, nightmares) are common symptoms of perinatal grief. These physical manifestations of grief can further exacerbate emotional distress. Developing coping skills to improve sleep and eat are important parts of recovering

Schedule a Consultation

If you are ready to make change and would like to speak with Megan, please schedule a free 15-minute consult.

Where Spark + Pivot stands:

Grief Counseling Values

Perinatal loss is devastating for every affected parent, and Megan DuBose has unique life and work experience to walk alongside those who seek grief counseling through their journey. Additionally, it is important to recognize loss can be especially isolating and dangerous for people who tend to be marginalized by our society.

 

Spark + Pivot takes a strong stance in affirming and advocating for folks who are navigating abortion, termination for medical reasons (TFMR), and health-related discrimination due to racism, homophobia, and transphobia. To ensure the most comprehensive and affirming care is provided to our clients, Megan DuBose proactively seeks training, resources, and referral sources that prioritize human rights over dangerous political rhetoric. 

TFMR

Connecting with professional and other women who have experienced stillbirth, miscarriage, and recurrent pregnancy loss

TFMR, an acronym for "Termination for Medical Reasons," denotes the difficult decision to end a pregnancy due to either fetal abnormalities or maternal health concerns. This heartbreaking choice often arises when medical conditions render the baby's life incompatible with survival or jeopardize the health of the mother. Unfortunately, within the realm of pregnancy loss, TFMR - and abortion in general - can carry a unique burden due to societal stigma and the politicization of abortion. The silence, stigma, and shame surrounding these losses can exacerbate the already profound grief experienced. Societal pressure often compels grieving parents to conceal the circumstances of their loss, leaving them isolated and unsupported during a time of immense need. It's crucial to recognize that pregnancies terminated for any reason are complex and heartbreaking. Bereaved parents deserve understanding, compassion, and unwavering support as they navigate the complexities of their loss. Providing a safe space for honest dialogue and empathy can help alleviate the isolation and foster healing in the wake of such devastating circumstances.

Pregnancy + Infant Loss Resources

Experiencing perinatal loss is a challenging journey, accompanied by overwhelming emotions and deep grief. Thankfully, there are resources offering guidance, solace, and professional counseling to support parents. From supportive communities to informative literature, these resources provide practical tools for coping, fostering healing and hope.

Online Support Groups & Communities

Books & Podcast

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