UMHL information evening for women experiencing pregnancy loss

UMHL information evening for women experiencing pregnancy loss

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Medical and Midwifery Staff at University Maternity Hospital Limerick will outline the support services available for women who have experienced Early Pregnancy Loss, and those who support them, at a special information evening in Limerick next week.

The Early Pregnancy Loss/Miscarriage, Ectopic Pregnancy Information Evening, taking place at The Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, from 7-8.30pm on Monday September 9th, is aimed at women who have experienced pregnancy loss before 12 weeks. It is estimated that approximately one in five pregnancies in Ireland ends in Early Pregnancy Loss (up to 12 weeks).

Staff from UMHL will discuss the different types of Early Pregnancy Loss, and the physical and emotional effects that women may experience. Although this is not a counselling event and individual cases will not be discussed, time will be provided for questions, and UMHL staff will have information on the range of support services available.

Rita O’Brien, a Clinical Midwife Specialist in Bereavement Support at UMHL, encouraged anyone directly or indirectly affected by Early Pregnancy Loss to come to the free event and find out where they can access support at this most difficult time in their lives.

“While the psychological effect of early Pregnancy Loss is unique to each person, many couples describe the experience as traumatic and “a lonely grief”.  The loss in many cases is not talked about and yet there is a deep sadness and anxiety about the future with many questions unanswered,” Rita explained.

Meanwhile, staff at UMHL are preparing for Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month in October. On October 15th, a number of prominent buildings in Limerick City will be lighting up in blue and pink to raise awareness on pregnancy loss. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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