Pregnancy complications and fetal abnormalities
Sadly, about 2% of unborn babies are found to have serious health problems and parents then have to make one of the hardest decisions of their lives.
My extensive research and experience has revealed that although hospital professionals are very kind and support expectant parents medically, imparting their knowledge on their baby's condition, few are able to continue supporting parents emotionally after diagnosis. Expectant parents are often left feeling isolated and alone, wading through the myriad of emotions and fact-finding, of whether to continue or terminate their pregnancy, a choice that will affect them for the rest of their lives.
Specialist counselling is difficult to find. Even searching on the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), it is almost impossible to find a counsellor that specialises in supporting expectant parents through antenatal testing and decision making. With over 20 years experience of working in this area, I can offer you an impartial, supportive and confidential time to discuss and explore your feelings, whilst supporting you to make the right decision for you and your family.
If your baby has recently been diagnosed with a fetal abnormality, we can start with a confidential telephone consultation or a face to face session where you will have time to explore how you are feeling, talk through your concerns, look at your options and I will support you to make an informed decision. It is natural to feel shocked, confused, scared and devastated.
Lifecare Counselling can support you through your decision making and beyond.
Supporting Parents after Pregnancy
Parents have often told me that they felt nervous in seeking counselling after the loss of their baby in case they were judged for not continuing with the pregnancy. Some babies are so poorly they would not have survived the pregnancy.
At Lifecare counselling, I provide a nurturing, confidential service that will never judge parents for making the decision that was right for them. You have made a very brave decision that was right for you and your baby.
If you feel that you are struggling or confused after receiving news of pregnancy complications, please do not struggle alone. I can offer you a free 15 minute, no obligation telephone call to answer any questions you may have and to see if I could help you.