Are men missing out on support when they lose a baby to miscarriage?
I was recently interviewed by Catherine Rodie for an article in Essential Baby. The topic was about why men need better support after their partner suffers a miscarriage.
I’m not surprised that many men who have been in this situation feel like they need to be the strong one for their partner’s sake. As a result of this, men struggle to go through the grieving process. And since a miscarriage is a situation where both partners are truly involved, you need to work as a team and go through the grieving process as a couple.
Catherine asked me for suggestions on how men can deal with miscarriage and here are my thoughts:
- Allow yourself to grieve. Do not focus on being a rock for your partner. It is, after all, a loss for you both.
- Talk about what happened. It is essential that as a couple you process the feelings and grieve together. There is no benefit for men to stop their grieving to protect their partner.
- Seek couple counselling. Seeking professional help can make all the difference to moving through your grief and creating a stronger relationship. Even though grieving is a painful process, it can actually bring people together and make you stronger.
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