Pregnancy and baby loss can be a very private grief as it is a subject that many find too painful to talk about. For those going through fertility treatment, the fear of future loss can be ever present and create anxiety in pregnancy.
So, our October meeting Fertility after loss will focus on this difficult subject, and explore ways in which individuals and couples can gain strength and with the right support, move forward on their fertility journey.
Our meeting occurs a week after the global ‘Wave of Light’ when people are encouraged to light a candle to remember all the babies that have died. The initiative is supported by a number of organisations that have come together to help break the taboo that surrounds this experience. #BLAW2020, #WaveOfLight.
Fertility after loss
We are fortunate to be joined by two guest speakers at our October meeting:
Abi Ingrey, a Bourn Hall IVF patient
Abi was able to conceive naturally, but devastatingly had eight miscarriages before the couple were referred for IVF. She will talk about how she and her husband coped with treatment after loss. Happily, they were successful with IVF and have since had another baby naturally that came as a delightful surprise. Abi is looking forward to supporting the work of a nationwide charity called CRADLE, at Bedford Hospital.
Karen Burgess, Founder and CEO of Petals, the Baby Loss Counselling Charity
Karen will talk about the challenges that couples face in coping with early pregnancy or baby loss – over 50% of respondents to a recent survey had experienced a miscarriage – and the strategies that they find helpful.
About the Fertility Support Group
Our Fertility Support Group, now held virtually, is led by our independent fertility counsellor, Jackie Stewart, and other members of our Bourn Hall family.
Joining this group gives you the opportunity to talk to other people experiencing infertility, with members supporting each other on what can be an emotional journey.
Held monthly from 6:30pm using Zoom, for approximately an hour and a half, we invite experts to speak on a range of topics that reflect the needs of individual members.
The group currently offers:
- Free attendance for all
- Guest speakers
- Facilitated meetings with Question & Answer sessions
- Caring, supportive staff
- Opportunity to meet other people who empathise
- Helpful information
Register your place now
If you would like to join the group, please register your interest by using the form below and Sharon Harper, the Group Administrator, will be in touch with further details.
For more information about upcoming fertility support group events please contact Sharon on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you to the group.
About the organisations
CRADLE works with the NHS and private healthcare sector to provide support for anyone affected by early pregnancy loss. Services include CRADLE comfort bags and funded counselling. you can find more information @cradlecharity.org on Facebook
Petals – the Baby Loss Counselling Charity, provide free-of-charge specialist counselling to support the mental health of those who experience pregnancy or baby loss. Their counsellors provide a safe space to guide clients through the grief to a place of reconciliation and hope for the future. Find out more at www.petalscharity.org or follow them @petalscharity