Posted on: 13 February 2024

“Grief is a force of energy that cannot be controlled or predicted. It comes and goes on its own schedule. Grief does not obey your plans, or your wishes. Grief will do whatever it wants to you, whenever it wants to. In that regard, grief has a lot in common with love.”

- Elizabeth Gilbert

Perinatal loss is common but rarely talked about, and this can have a huge impact on wellbeing, effecting the individual as well as the whole family.

  • 10 to 24 percent of clinically recognised pregnancies end in miscarriage
  • Recurrent miscarriage affects 1 percent of women trying to conceive
  • 1 to 2 percent of pregnancies are ectopic pregnancies and 0.1 percent are molar pregnancies
  • Less than 0.5 percent of pregnancies end in stillbirth or neonatal death

In this webinar (watch back below), the team talks about supporting individuals who have experienced perinatal loss and the factors that can influence grief, offering suggestions and signposting for self-care.

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Within CNWL, the Maternity Trauma and Loss Care Service (M-TLC) provides support to this group of women and birthing people who may be presenting with mental health difficulties arising from the reproductive journey.

For residents in Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster, contact:

CNWL staff can search ‘health and wellbeing’ on Trustnet for details of help and support, including psychological support that is available to you.