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In 2013 in the UK, one in every 137 babies was either stillborn or died in the first 4 weeks of life

Here in N. Ireland, over 3 babies a week are stillborn or die in the first 4 weeks of life.

A New Pregnancy

 

Following the death of a baby, deciding to try for a new baby or discovering you are pregnant can be difficult. It can lead to confusing feelings of excitment, joy, sadness and fear all at once.

It is possible to arrange a meeting with a consultant before you decide to try for a baby. Speak to your GP, they should be able to help.

Our network of befrienders has a number of people who have been through a pregnancy after a loss. We have experienced some of the fears that you may face and we will try to support you by:

Discussing your fears and concerns about when, or if, to try to conceive

Providing telephone, face-to-face or email support during the pregnancy

Talking over difficult decisions such as the need for ante-natal testing (for example, if your previous baby died from a genetic disorder or medical problem that could complicate the new pregnancy)

Please ring the helpline to be put in touch with a befriender.