‘A huge weight off my mind’

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As we look at the work Time Norfolk do for those who have experienced a pregnancy loss through miscarriage, termination or still birth, one former client tells her story.

Names have been changed to protect her identity.

She said: 'I decided to come to TimeNorfolk following the stillbirth of my son, John*, who was 26 weeks gestation. I had been given a card by the hospital chaplain and also by a neighbour.

'While the support from my family and friends was excellent, there were things I felt I needed to talk about which I couldn't do with them.

'For instance, when telling a close friend about my experience, she became upset, upset for me about what had happened and then I felt I couldn't share any more information with her, even though I needed to, for the worry of upsetting her further.

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'I was nervous at first about having counselling, and I attended the first session with my partner, Carl.

'We then had separate sessions with two counsellors, who we know are specially trained in pregnancy issues.

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'I have found having counselling invaluable.

'I am an anxious person anyway, and since my stillbirth I have experienced a huge range of emotions and have found myself to be very anxious and at times depressed.

'Knowing I have someone to talk to who will not judge and who fully understands my experience has been a huge weight off my mind.

'By talking through my feelings it has helped me deal with what happened.

'I know I still have work to do but I feel that I am improving emotionally and recovering, which I would not have been able to do without the support of TimeNorfolk.'

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