Immediate Decisions & Situations

Immediate Decisions & Situations

In the moments leading up to and following late-term pregnancy loss, you may find yourself experiencing emotions and having to make decisions you never imagined. In such an incredibly difficult and unfair time, it’s important to have people to advocate on your behalf and help you understand all of your options. Depending on your situation, you may be able to lean on your medical providers to guide you through some of these decisions, but it helps to understand exactly what you may be faced with and to surround yourself with extra support at a time when it may feel incredibly difficult to make these decisions alone.

With advice and guidance from bereavement doula Erica McAfee, who has personally experienced loss in the second and third trimester, this article helps you navigate the challenging situations after pregnancy loss and make decisions that feel right for you and your family. Nothing about this experience is fair or easy, but we want you to know that you don’t have to do this alone — the help you need is out there.

Seeking the help of a bereavement doula

Pregnancy loss is a challenging experience no matter how long you carried your baby, and it’s often difficult to know what to do or how to cope. Bereavement doulas are trained to help you navigate these times and provide invaluable, personalized support. As an option, most bereavement doulas offer pro bono work with minimal to no fees, so even if money is tight, don’t hesitate to reach out to a doula in your area.

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