Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

When the New Baby Just Doesn't Survive

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

When the New Baby Just Doesn't Survive

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FACT BOX

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Sands Australia offers these tips to help bereaved mums cope on Mother's Day.

It's okay to grieve. You may feel a range of emotions, from sadness, anger and guilt to feeling at peace. This is normal. Give yourself time and space to feel whatever you are feeling. Go for a walk, look at pictures of your baby - do whatever makes you happy.

Lean on family and friends who understand. Talk about your baby - you may find hearing your baby's name can be soothing.

Honour your baby. Give a donation, light a candle or plant a tree. Doing something to honour your baby's memory can be comforting.

Write a letter. Many mums find that writing a letter to their baby is a powerful way to express and work through their feelings.

Speak to a Sands parent supporter. Talking to someone who can relate to you can be very helpful. All parent supporters have been through pregnancy loss or have experienced newborn death themselves.

Sherele Moody

APN NEWSDESK

ONE precious little soul dies each month in Warwick.

Special APN research has revealed 12 babies died as a result of miscarriage at the town's public hospital last financial year.

Queensland Health Department figures for 2013-14 were down on the previous reporting period, when 21 babies lost their lives.

Every year, 106,000 Australian families experience reproductive loss. Across the nation, about 103,000 deaths occur during early pregnancy, 2250 babies are stillborn and 750 die in the first 28 days after birth.

Infant-mortality experts say the community and health professionals need to reconsider how they talk to grieving parents.

Maternity care researcher Yvette Miller said many women she surveyed were traumatised when doctors, nurses and midwives used medical language to describe how and why babies had died. …

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