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Losing a baby is heartbreaking no matter when it happens. Sadly, miscarriage is common, occurring in 10-25 percent of all known pregnancies, most often within the first three months of pregnancy.
If you’ve experienced a pregnancy loss, even if the pregnancy ended very early, you may feel more sadness than you ever thought possible.
In the past, a woman may have miscarried and never knew she was pregnant. Today, you can know within hours of conception if you are pregnant, which can make it more difficult when you suffer a loss. You had more time to bond with your baby, and make dreams for the future; and when these dreams get shattered, it can be devastating.
The emotional impact of pregnancy loss often takes longer to heal than the physical impact. You may feel guilt, anger, shock, sadness, numbness and a sense of failure. Many woman have questions.
Pregnancy loss can be devastating. It changes your hopes and dreams for the future. One thing is for certain, you aren’t alone. Try to stay positive and focus on the future.
Edward-Elmhurst Health offers a Perinatal Bereavement Program with a dedicated, multidisciplinary staff of nurses, social workers and chaplains — all trained to provide family support in the event of a perinatal loss.
Families can also receive support through the SHARE Program, a local and national organization that serves and supports those who are touched by the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. For more information about SHARE, call 630-527-3263.
Get support to cope with the loss of a child.
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