Miscarriage and loss
The loss of a baby whether through early or late miscarriage, death in utero, or stillbirth, can be a devastating experience for expectant parents. The grief can be crippling. Parents who have lost a child can feel like they will never experience happiness again. Many emotions can arise such as anger towards other pregnant women, self-blame, worthlessness, meaninglessness, fear, and desperation for another pregnancy. Some people feel that they could never survive the anxiety of another pregnancy. Some people say that their families and friends don't really understand their loss, expecting another pregnancy to make everything okay. Some people experience significant anxiety and depression as a result losing a child, and this can seriously impair their functioning.
Network psychologists assist couples in these tragic situations to process the difficult feelings that accompany such losses. Counselling involves providing women and couples with a space to acknowledge their sadness, and address the many emotions that can consume their lives. Counselling can also involve working on readiness for another pregnancy, and on managing fear and anxiety that might accompany a subsequent pregnancy.