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After Your Stillbirth

Secondary Losses

There may be other ways you are affected by the loss of your baby. Sometimes these are hard to recognize at first like the loss of a role, a change in a relationships, support system or a connections with your community. These are called secondary losses.

You may grieve the loss of your role as a mother or father. If you have other children, you may be sad about the loss of a sibling for them. You may find it hard to be with friends who have new babies. Or you may find that you’re not comfortable going to baby showers or birthday parties for children. These are all losses you may feel as a result of the loss of your baby. Often it can help to talk to your friends and family about how you feel.

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