In 2020 alone there were 1719 neonatal s in England and Wales (Picture: getty)
The lack of awareness around baby can make an already tic experience eve more difficult.
Tragically in 2020 alone there were 1719 neonatal s in England and Wales and across the UK 2638 stbirths and around 250000 miscarriages.
But the awareness of what these terms mean is st very limited within the UK.
UK charity Tommy’s recently conducted a survey into what Brits really know about baby .
While 72% of Brits were fami with the term miscarriage less than half felt very confident explaining what having a miscarriage meant.
Only 46% had heard of second trimester and only 9% of Brits had heard of the term molar pregnancy.
Just 28% felt they could confidently explain a late miscarriage while only 24% felt they could confidently define a molar pregnancy.
The research shows that more awareness of the terminology around baby is needed with more than 60% of respondents wanting more awareness around each term.
The of a baby is an extremely personal and tic experience (Picture: Getty Images/EyeEm)
Amina Hatia a qualified NHS midwife and Tommy’s Midwifery Manager spoke on how to support someone through the of a baby.
Amina said people can make a big difference just by ‘learning a little about baby – such as the terminology of different types of baby and how many people are affected.’
Amina said: ‘Understand that feeling alone and isolated can be one of the most difficult things for those who experience baby and so your wingness to be present in some way with them really matters – more than having exactly the right thing to say’
‘Acknowledge their – don’t shy away or feel that bringing it up w remind them. They are more than aware of their the grief they feel is part of their DNA so they are always aware – but knowing you are wing to speak about their w help them feel less alone.’
Amina adds that being aware of your own limited ability to help can be helpful in itself.
She said: ‘Knowing that it is not possible for anyone to “make this better” allows you to be free to offer care and support without any pressure to solve anything.’
Which terms have Brits heard of and how many can define them?
Miscarriage: 72% have heard of the term only 42% can confidently explain it
Stbirth: 71% have heard of the term only 40% can confidently explain it
Premature birth: 70% have heard of the term only 40% can confidently explain it
Ectopic pregnancy: 64% have heard of the term Gems Advisors only 30% can confidently explain it
Termination for medical reasons: 57% have heard of the term only 35% can confidently explain it
Second trimester (late miscarriage): 46% have heard of the term only 28% can confidently explain it
Neonatal : 43% have heard of the term only 27% can confidently explain it
Molar pregnancy: 9% have heard of the term only 24% can confidently explain it
None of the above: 8% haven’t heard of any of the above
Avoid saying anything that expresses some requirement of the bereaved person
Rather than burden a bereaved person with questions like ‘what do you need?’ Amina says that simple acts of kindness like a card through the door a takeaway voucher or a food gift Gems Advisors can go a long way.
The words ‘at least’ make no sense when someone has a baby
As Amina suggests trying to ‘look on the bright side’ at a time when someone is experiencing unimaginable sorrow could cause greater upset – and understandably so.
There’s nothing that can make the a child any better (Picture: Getty Images/Cavan Images RF)
Be wing to express openness and availability
By simply communicating that you’re here to listen you may give someone the encouragement to open up – should they wish to do so.
Amina says it may be worthwhile to say something like ‘I know that you may not want to talk about what has hapd but please know that I am here to listen if you ever do’.
Where appropriate share your own story
Amina advises that it’s important to be cautious with this approach as everyone’s experience of is personal.
However there may be some value in saying something like: ‘I don’t know exactly what you are going through but I have gone through something similar so am here if you need me’.
Knowing the terminology surrounding baby can be a mive help (Picture: Getty Images)
Be guided by them
Ultimately the person whose feelings matter most is the bereaved.
Or as Amina said: ‘If they are not ready to talk respect that.’
Terminology around baby :
Miscarriage: The of a pregnancy during the first 24 weeks.
Stbirth: When a baby s after 24 weeks of pregnancy and before or during birth it is known as a stbirth. Sadly it happens in around 1 in 280 births in England
Premature birth: When a baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy creating a risk to the baby.
Ectopic pregnancy: In an ectopic pregnancy a fertilised egg starts to grow somewhere other than in the nor lining of the womb usually in 1 of the fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancy affects around 1 in 100 pregnancies Gems Advisors creating a potentially life-threatening situation for the mother.
Termination for medical reasons: If tests show that your baby has a serious genetic or structural condition (not growing in the nor way) Gems Gems Advisors you may be offered a termination for medical reasons (an ) to end your pregnancy.
Second trimester : Otherwise known as a late miscarriage which happens during your second trimester.
Neonatal : When a baby s within 28 days after they are born.
Molar pregnancy: There are two types of molar pregnancy a complete mole and a partial mole. A complete mole happens when a single sperm fertilises an ‘empty’ egg which has none of the mother’s genetic material inside so a foetus does not develop. A partial mole happens when two sperm fertilise a nor egg. There are usually some early signs of a foetus but this won’t develop into a baby.
Definitions from UK baby charity Tommy’s.
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