No one said it's going to be easy, but you need to be strong, for yourself and for your family! There are things you could do that help with healing. Ofcourse, it will take time!
is a devastating event in any parent’s life. It can affect every aspect of your
life and at times, it may seem that life
will never go on. If you or someone you know is going through or has gone
through a stillbirth before, there are ways to help aid in the healing process.
at that point in time, it may seem as if nothing will ever make this pain
disappear, but trust me, time heals the deepest of wounds. There are a few
things you could do to possibly speedup the healing process:
Hold Your Baby
parents want to spend time with their stillborn baby. This is completely normal
and can help aid in the healing process. It won’t be what everyone needs though
so remember that the choice is completely up to you and you should do what you’re most comfortable with.
Many parents find it comforting to get to see what their baby looks like and
even taking photos of the baby can be a great way to remember the little person
you lost. You can also request a lock of your baby’s hair, and/or handprints
and footprints to keep as mementos.
Name Your Baby
you didn’t already choose a name for your bub before they passed, it can be a
good idea to name them now. Naming your
baby helps to acknowledge them as a real person which can aid in the
healing process. Not all parents feel the need to or want to name their baby,
however, that is also perfectly fine. Do whatever you feel is best for you and
Find Out Why Your Baby Was
are some tests that your doctor can run to help try to discover the cause of
your baby’s passing. Finding out what happened can help provide you with
closure. It won’t always be possible to discover a cause for your stillbirth,
but if you deny the tests, you may be left always wondering if you could have
known. What’s most important to consider when deciding to have the tests done
or not is how you and your partner feel about it. Don’t feel the need to do anything that you’re not comfortable with.
can leave you feeling a variety of emotions that can be hard to process. It can
be a good idea to seek professional help in order to help you sort out your
emotions and talk about your experience
in a safe place. It’s also a good idea for you and your partner to seek
causes so many negative emotions and can change your life so dramatically that
it can negatively impact your
relationship as a couple.
Counselling can help you proactively avoid this
by keeping communications open and helping each other to understand what the
other one’s needs and feelings are.
other people who have gone through stillbirth can also help you to not feel
alone. Stillbirth is something that you would never wish on anyone else, but
knowing there are others out there who have had similar experiences can be
healing. Talking and relating to others who have lost their babies can help you to feel more normal and
recognize that life can and will go on. You can look for local support groups,
or join one of the many online support groups for stillbirth.
Take Care of Yourself
good care of yourself prior to and during pregnancy will help to reduce your
chances of experiencing a stillbirth. However, sometimes no matter what you do,
your baby still doesn’t make it. After experiencing a stillbirth, it is still
important to take care of yourself. Know that whatever it is that you are
feeling, it is completely normal to feel that way. Never blame yourself for
your baby’s death. Sometimes things just happen, and we may never know why. The
important thing to do is try to grieve and heal in healthy ways. Make sure to
keep communication open with your partner and find ways to remember your little
one. Your precious bub will never be forgotten.
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