Free miscarriage counselling now available for women

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With miscarriage being so common - one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage - it would be easy to think there are support networks in place for women going through it.

The reality is that there has never been a dedicated support system for women who go through pregnancy loss, but now that's changed, with the first nationwide pregnancy loss support network launching through the Pink Elephants Support Network.

The scheme gives women six free phone support sessions with Peer Support Ambassadors who have experienced pregnancy loss themselves. 

It's a program established to help navigate the impact of miscarriage and aims to lessen the feelings of isolation around miscarriage, especially as many women still elect to keep their pregnancies secret until 12 weeks.

The ambassadors have been trained by Terry Diamond who is a Perinatal Social Worker at Royal Hospital for Women in addition to running a private practice.

Guided by Terry's expertise in assisting parents with miscarriage and child loss, the ambassadors are well-placed to assist women in an empathetic way that those close to them often struggle to provide.

There's also an online community women can join and a variety of downloadable resources.

Those wishing to access the six free counselling sessions can do so by registering here - you will receive a reply within 24 hours.