Since we started the Pregnancy After Loss division of the charity almost 9 months ago, we have hosted a number of parent support meetings for bereaved Mums and Dads who are on the journey of pregnancy after loss and for those who have recently had a rainbow baby (a baby born after loss). We’ve had some parents skype in from Dubai and others travel from all over Ireland to attend meetings and find support from others who ‘get’ what they are going through and understand their hopes, fears and anxieties.
After losing your child, many people will experience grief, anxiety, guilt and fear of loss in a subsequent pregnancy. We know that you won’t rest until your baby is safe in your arms, but we strive to help parents chose hope over fear while they are expecting.
We also have a closed facebook group ALLF PAL with 94 members, which is a confidential place where bereaved mums can find on-going support from others who have walked in the same shoes and who understand the roller-coaster of emotions that goes with pregnancy after loss. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ALLFPAL)
We are delighted to say that so far there have been 15 rainbow babies born to bereaved families who have been helped through our Pregnancy After Loss supports. We hope that they have brought much
needed light back into your lives. Unfortunately there have also been some babies that could not stay and we send strength and courage to those couples who have experienced subsequent losses.
We host Pregnancy After Loss parent support meetings approximately every 6 weeks and the next meeting will be on Saturday 13th May from 1-3pm at our head office at 18 Orion Business Campus. All
those on the journey of pregnancy after loss are welcome to attend for a cuppa and chat, to meet others on similar journeys and our bereavement therapist, Dr. Peter Hanlon will also be on hand to
ALLF PAL Co-ordinator