The experience of early pregnancy loss can be earth-shattering.
Miscarriage refers to loss of a pregnancy within the first 20 weeks of gestation (in the United States) or loss of pregnancy before viability.
Up to 1 in 5 confirmed pregnancies may end in miscarriage, and (this number is likely much greater when including unconfirmed pregnancies). While the data shows that miscarriage is unfortunately quite common, it can be an incredibly isolating expereince, and all too often we are left to tend this grief silently.
If you have experienced pregnancy loss, please know that you are not alone.
Here are 4 local San Jose / Bay Area resources to support you following miscarriage.
HAND of the Bay Area – HAND (Helping After Neonatal Death) is a non-profit that provides support to individuals who are experiencing the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at delivery or following birth. It is a volunteer based organization that offers various peer-led support groups including one specific to early pregnancy loss. They also offer one-on-one support in addition to a wealth of resources on their website. Their meetings are drop-in, free of charge and virtual.
Family Tree Wellness – Family Tree Wellness specializes in mental health support for those experiencing the challenges, trauma and loss related to fertility, pregnancy and beyond. Their highly skilled team of licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) and licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) offer individual therapy, couples therapy, neurofeedback and support groups. They currently offer a virtual therapist-facilitated support group specific to miscarriage and loss which runs for 4 weeks.
Amar Atma Grief Coaching – Amar Atma is a coach with a rich array of skills and training related to yoga, Sikh ministry, Traditional Chinese Medicine, chaplaincy and grief care. Over the course of either an 8 week or 12 week coaching session, skills are offered to support the grieving individual to ”reclaim feelings of aliveness, spark, and joy.” The tools are practical, approachable and offer continued support over the course of a lifetime. Amar Atma and his wife experienced their own fertility journey which he has kindly shared with us in this guest blog post.
Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine – Here at Lokahi Acupuncture, we have a highly skilled team of fertility and pregnancy specialists who understand the pain and grief that can arise following pregnancy loss. Acupuncture treatments offer a safe space to support and nourish the healing of the body, mind and spirit. Through the use of fine needles, herbs and/or abdominal massage, treatment may incorporate physical recovery, hormone regulation, nervous system harmonization and trauma support from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective.
About Susannah Lee, L. Ac.
Susannah has been working with pregnancy loss and infertility at Lokahi for 6 years. Her interest in the area comes from a place of understanding and experience. To better serve those experiencing grief and loss, Susannah received additional training from the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath & Death and is currently being certified as a Birth and Bereavement Doula at Stillbirthday Academy.