Welcome to day seven of Week Two - when pregnancy goes wrong where I highlight those small charities that help parents cope when pregnancy goes wrong.
For an introduction to the entire series please visit http://llmcalling.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/small-charity-day-in-may.html
The Miscarriage Association is a national charity working across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It was founded in 1982 by a group of people who had experienced miscarriage and they continue to offer support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, to raise awareness and to promote good practice in medical care.
The Miscarriage Association’s head office deals with over 8,000 letters, calls and e-mails per year from those who have suffered the loss of a baby in pregnancy. Hundreds more use our online support services. The charity has 70 volunteer telephone contacts across the UK who offer support and understanding from the perspective of having been through miscarriage themselves. Twenty local support groups provide a safe space where people can meet and share their experiences and feelings.
The Miscarriage Association produces leaflets, fact-sheets and audiotapes which answer the most commonly asked questions about pregnancy loss. Our website provides an additional source of information, with all leaflets available on-line, free to download.
Those experiencing miscarriage often feel isolated and ignored, and understanding and sensitivity from friends and family can help enormously. It is much easier for people to give this when they have some knowledge about pregnancy loss and the impact it can have. The Miscarriage Association works with the media to raise awareness of these issues.
The Miscarriage Association works to raise awareness and sensitivity amongst health professionals through lectures, workshops and articles in professional journals. Their attitude and care can make all the difference in coping with the loss of a baby in pregnancy.
For more information please visit their website http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/