Pregnancy, new parents and baby loss

I am passionate about helping pregnant ladies and new mums. I have a wide range of experience helping with anxiety and low mood during pregnancy and postnatally.

I also specialise in supporting people who have had difficult fertility journeys, traumatic births, premature labours including NICU stays and / or who have lost a child/ children. I have personally experienced multiple miscarriages, as well as a Stillbirth. So I really do understand how devastating it is struggle with fertility and/or to lose a baby.

I also run the first ever fertility and baby-loss support membership for employees. For more information check out the Baby Loss Membership page.

Session practicalities

I can meet with one parent individually or I’m happy to work with parents together as a couple, where appropriate. Sessions offer a supportive space to talk through your experiences or loss. A range of psychological therapies may be utilised depending on the issue you wish to work with. For example, the aim may be to reduce anxiety, intrusive thoughts, irritability or low mood.

I am EMDR – trauma therapy trained and have been through the accreditation process with the EMDR Association. Having therapy to process the trauma of a traumatic birth or loss can be extremely helpful.

You may need support to feel like you can survive your crippling grief. You may just need a listening ear from someone who really understands. No request is too big or too small. I am happy to see children / siblings and to offer advice to family/ friends/ partners who wish to support others struggling with peri or postnatal difficulties, including loss.

All services are currently delivered online.

 

Maternity and Transition Coaching

I have also undertaken specialist training in providing maternity coaching. I love helping new mums transition back to work after maternity leave and helping women generally with juggling the demands of being a working mum.

Furthermore, I am trained on transition coaching and find this can be really useful for loss parents when they return to work. My clinical experience has taught me that many organisations understandably are not sure how to most effectively support their staff with returning to work after a loss. I can provide webinars or workshops directly for organisations/ managers to help them better understand and/or I can work 1:1 with the bereaved parent to coach them through the transition.

 

Free services for loss families

I offer free monthly support groups to loss parents (on Zoom). They take place on the first Sunday of every month. Please join at 2pm if you wish to discuss your loss. Or at 3pm if you are pregnant after a loss and want to discuss your rainbow pregnancy journey, if you are trying to conceive again after a loss, if you are currently pregnant or if you have recently had your rainbow baby. Please note, you do not need to have your camera or microphone on. There is no pressure to talk, you can simply listen in to the groups. Many people report that these groups help them feel less alone. Please like my business Facebook page (Kara Clinical Psychologist in Sussex) to find more and/or to get the log on details for the groups each month.

I am aware that support groups aren’t for everyone. So I also answer questions which are PM’d to me. I have recorded video responses to some frequently asked questions and uploaded them to my YouTube Channel. The YouTube is publicly available. Please feel free to browse and watch them. No information is provided that identifies any individuals who asks a question. To find my YouTube channel please search Kara Clinical Psychologist in Sussex

 

Health professionals

I have experience in providing therapy to other therapists and health professionals. In addition, I offer teaching, training, consultation and supervision to health professionals.

 

Resources/ books

Books are a great way of processing emotionally sensitive topics. I couldn’t find any children’s books to help siblings talk about pregnancy after loss. So I wrote one titled ‘There’s a Rainbow baby in my Mummy’s tummy. To find out more, please visit- https://amzn.to/2IdJBrt

I have also written a case study in ‘The Grief Collective’ describing my stillbirth grief journey. This is available at: https://amzn.to/34LdJCe

In addition, I have written a guide for newly bereaved families regarding how to make memories and say goodbye to your baby whilst still in hospital. It was written for specifically for my local hospital but could be beneficial to parents in any hospital. I also compiled a leaflet for parents who have had a traumatic loss regarding how to identify trauma symptoms in amongst the grief. Copies of both leaflets are available to anyone on request.

 

Oscar’s Wish Foundation

I am a volunteer Trustee for the wonderful Sussex based baby loss charity called Oscar’s Wish Foundation (OWF). Please do check out the great support and services that they offer. You can add them on Facebook or visit their website to find out more.

 

Medico Legal Assessments and Therapy

Many of the families I support are involved in court proceedings concerning medical negligence. I am very happy to support individuals with this process. I am also available to provide therapy recommended in other professionals medico legal assessment reports concerning birth trauma and loss. Please contact me to discuss this further.