What is Antenatal Grief and Loss?
Antenatal grief and loss refers to the emotional and psychological distress that expecting parents experience when they receive a diagnosis that their baby has a serious health condition, or when they experience a miscarriage or stillbirth. Antenatal grief and loss can occur at any point during pregnancy and can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as antenatal testing, unexpected medical complications, or sudden loss of pregnancy. It can be a complex and deeply emotional experience, with feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, and confusion.
For expecting parents, the experience of antenatal grief and loss can be particularly challenging as they usually have to simultaneously navigate their own emotions and grief, while also considering the needs of other family members. This can be a difficult and isolating experience, as it is not widely discussed in today's society. Treatment options may include support through counselling, support groups and therapy. Coping with the emotional impact of antenatal grief and loss can be devastating and it is important that parents receive the right support in order to begin to heal from the experience.