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After Your Miscarriage

Introduction

The loss of a pregnancy can have a lasting impact on you.

Every parent or family member feels this loss in different ways. Some people may feel overwhelmed and very sad. Others may feel they can cope. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. Your experience during this time of loss is your own, and it’s important to honour each individual journey.

The information on these pages will help you through the days and weeks ahead. You’re not alone. Support is available for you and your partner.

If your loss was after the first 20 weeks of your pregnancy, you may find the information in the Stillbirth topic useful.

Your response to your miscarriage is unique to you. Everyone reacts differently. You may feel flooded with emotion, feel numb or be in shock, or be somewhere in between. It can take time to understand what’s happening and how you feel.

Your healthcare team can help you access resources you need and answer any questions you may have. Your physical and emotional health are important. Getting all the information you need can help. There are no right or wrong questions or decisions at this time.

Let your healthcare provider know if you’d like to talk to a social worker, spiritual care staff, or an Indigenous Hospital Liaison or support person. You may also wish to see a leader from your cultural or spiritual community. A spiritual care staff member can help arrange for any practices, rituals, or connections with community leaders you may need or want. You or your family members may find it helpful to visit a sacred space, chapel, or prayer room.

The information on these pages may not immediately help everyone. It’s never too late to explore your grief, get help, or find ways to remember your baby.

You and your partner may want to find a personal way to honour your baby. Decisions may be difficult to make right now and it’s important to take your time. Learn more about remembering your baby.​​

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