Women’s health survey reveals lack of support for pregnancy loss

The results of Jean Hailes’ (a national not-for-profit women’s health organisation) annual National Women’s Health Survey have revealed the need for greater support after pregnancy loss.

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One-third of respondents who had reported being pregnant went on to have a miscarriage and three percent had sadly experienced the tragedy of stillbirth.

Among those who had experienced miscarriage and/or stillbirth almost 60% reported they did not receive enough information and support to manage after their loss.

Respondents cited being bounced around between healthcare providers, with inconsistent advice and lack of follow up reported as some of the reasons they felt alone and unsupported at the time. In response, Red Nose co-CEO Jackie Mead has called for more to be done to ensure women are connected with organisations such as Red Nose after their loss.

“While these examples will not be a surprise to our community, they were surprising to most Australians. This survey has therefore helped to shine a light on the needs of bereaved families, supporting our continued advocacy for increased support services.”

“2021 will see us working to gain additional state government funding in those states that currently do not contribute to community-based bereavement support. We remain firmly committed to ensuring that no bereaved parent feels alone in their grief but we can’t do this alone.”

“This survey is also a great reminder that we can all take personal responsibility for helping to spread the word about the support available. Red Nose (including Sands) can provide crucial information and invaluable support to anyone affected by loss, but we rely on families learning of our services at the time they need them most.”