Thoughts about Miscarriage and Ectopic Loss...by Marcia McGinnis
Ectopic Pregnancy Loss and Miscarriage: Occur before thirteen to twenty weeks
Cause immediate confusion...
Because, most often, there isn't a baby to see (though sometimes there is a very tiny baby in a late miscarriage that the parent might see...), sometimes the parent has just had a confirmed pregnancy test, and some aren't yet aware of the pregnancy.
As one nurse pointed out, because of today's medical advancements and situations, many parents find out the news right after conception, and the planning begins.
Some parents-to-be have shared their exciting news, while others are waiting until they have (due to an expanding waistline) to share their news!
With these various situations, parents' minds can dart in many directions.a. "Should I claim this loss as a 'baby' loss?"
Some of what is ultimately decided is determined by:
a. The situation at the time of loss
b. The parent's age
c. The parent's beliefs, etc.
Sometimes their initial reaction changes as time goes by - often it takes years before the final decision is made.
At SHARE we believe that every pregnancy is the beginning of a future, and that every person should be given the permission/opportunity to grieve their loss. It is our hope that parents can hold their experience and memories - in whatever manner that is comfortable for them. (Marcia McGinnis)
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