Project information

Pregnancy Loss Programme

We want to deliver Pregnancy Loss Recovery sessions in Norwich. The key to our work is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our clients who have suffered a severe mental and emotional trauma following the loss of their baby, either through stillbirth, miscarriage or termination

Ongoing

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  • Need

    Need

    Following a pregnancy loss, women may experience depression, anxiety, anger, emotional numbness, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, guilt or sense of isolation. Unresolved, these problems can go on for years and can result in long term mental health conditions. These issues have various long term impacts, including financially, if women cannot maintain employment, and they may have difficulty bonding with existing and future children.

    Solution

    Our project is delivered by volunteer counsellors who have received training including Advanced Listening Skills, 3 Models of Grief, Keeping your client safe (avoiding re-traumatisation), and Creativity in Therapy. Our counselling programme is delivered face-to-face, with no limit to the number of sessions, and it helps families adjust back to life and work through their grief. It gives them the tools they need to move forward and therefore helps prevent long-term mental health conditions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help clients work through their grief, and give them the tools to do so,

    Activities

    » Counselling programme with various aspects and sessions.

    We monitor long term clients through H.A.D.s. (Hospital Anxiety and Depression scales), and the decreased levels of anxiety and depression will demonstrate the success of the aim.


    Aim 2

    To help families adjust back to life.

    Activities

    » Give clients the tools to move forward from their grief.

    Through the H.A.D.s. (Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale) scores, and the testimonies of families who have been able to move forward after working through their loss.


    Aim 3

    To prevent long term issues, such as mental health conditions.

    Activities

    » Help clients to process their loss and work through it, enabling them to move forward and go back into the world with the tools they need.

    We monitor long term clients through H.A.D.s. (Hospital Anxiety and Depression scales), and the decreased levels of anxiety and depression will demonstrate the success of the aim.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Long term changes will include the financial impact on families, as the women are more likely to be able to maintain employment or engage in studies. The project also helps to prevent long term mental health conditions. We will demonstrate these changes through client testimonies, and the results of H.A.D.S forms, which overall show decreased levels of anxiety and depression in clients.

    Risk

    We are receiving increased numbers of referrals both self-referrals and those from health practitioners such as NHS/Wellbeing which puts a strain on our limited number of counsellors. We have dealt with this by starting group counselling sessions for those clients who are able to be part of a small group, which means that we are able to see more clients with the same number of counsellors. This also means that clients are able to share their experiences and feel less alone.

    Reporting

    We will report to donors via a regular email newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,976

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,080 Staff costs Initial assessments, delivering sessions, supervision of volunteer counsellors
      £366 Volunteer costs Supervision and travel costs of volunteer counsellors
      £260 Operational/activity costs Room hire and refreshments for clients
      £270 Overheads Overheads such as light, heat, insurances, etc.
  • Background

    Location

    The project is in Norwich. We will see a wide range of clients from all backgrounds, both men and women. We see clients of all ages, including more elderly clients who may have experienced pregnancy loss earlier in their lives. More specifically, we currently receive regular mental health referrals each week from the NHS/Wellbeing wishing us to work with clients suffering from highly complex mental health illnesses, that have been intensified with the loss of their baby.

    Beneficiaries

    Clients struggling with their grief and problems such as depression, anxiety, anger, emotional numbness, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, guilt or sense of isolation will benefit. Their families will also benefit, particularly any existing or future children, as woman may have difficulty bonding, which our programme helps them to overcome. The wider community will benefit as clients will be able to be contributing members of society.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our Pregnancy Loss Programme has been even further improved from our original highly successful programme in 2015, following additional training which encompassed Advanced Listening Skills, 3 Models of Grief, Keeping your client safe (avoiding re traumatisation) and Creativity in Therapy. Our counselling programme is delivered face to face, free of charge, and there is no limit to the number of sessions a client can receive. We provide a safe space for people to work through their grief.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Letitia Ash-Lameer

    Head of Counselling - heads up the Pregnancy Loss Recovery Programme and delivers many of the sessions.

    Lesley Bradfield

    Head of Operations - carries out initial assessments.

    Numerous Volunteer Counsellors

    Deliver the counselling sessions.