Face to Face - Miscarriage Support

by Roots Community Enhancement CIC in Dawlish, Devon, England

Face to Face - Miscarriage Support

To support people experiencing miscarriage in their own home, by offering time to share their story and to let them know they are not alone.

by Roots Community Enhancement CIC in Dawlish, Devon, England

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This project will only be funded if at least £3,600 is pledged by October 29th 2018 at 3:18pm

Learning that you have lost your baby / pregnancy at any stage can be frightening, heart-breaking and lonely. Often, whether there has been the need for medical intervention or not, women / couples are left with many questions and concerns for the future as well as feeling unsure of how to process their grief. For many, regardless of the stage of pregnancy, the loss is not only of their baby but of their hopes, dreams and aspirations of becoming parents.  

We at Roots Community Enhancement, believe that by using our lived experiences, we can support others experiencing the loss of a pregnancy. We would like women / couples to self refer to us and we will then visit them at home 2-3 times (depending on need), for an hour in order to offer face to face support. We will listen to their story, explore the heartbreak and frustration and let them know that they are not alone. We are led by a Registered Mental Health Nurse and volunteers, all with lived experience of pregnancy / baby loss at various stages. We would also be able to signpost to statutory services should that be needed. Ideally, at the first home visit appointment, we would like to deliver a small 'pamper hamper' to the Mother / couple in order to establish a rapport and build a nurturing style therapeutic relationship. 

We recently carried out a survey in Dawlish and Teignmouth, the results of which showed that the majority of women did not feel that there was any support out there for them. They felt others could never understand their pain and loss. They reported difficulty in their marital relationships following the loss also. We asked if people would have considered using a face to face service in their homes, led by others who had miscarriage experiences and 86% said they would. This service may also provide a community group in the future, should this be needed. We also run a support group for Mums which service users could access when ready, should this be appropriate.

Some anonymous feedback from our survey results;

"I needed someone to ask if I was ok, nobody did"

"It's a silent loss you bear and scream on the inside"

"Nothing locally available"

"I was alone"

"I feared being dismissed"

"Sometimes you just want to talk to someone who is not involved, to make sense of it all" 

We are looking for £3,600 to run this project for a year. This includes insurance, admin, volunteer expenses (such as petrol), the cost of pamper hampers and paying a small wage to the Mental Health Nurse who would run the service, oversee visits and supervise volunteers.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

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Free Laughter Yoga

If you are able to donate £20 to our project, as a thank you, we would invite you to join us at one of our weekly Laughter Yoga sessions in Dawlish (medical disclaimer applies) for free. Nothing says thank you quite like a good belly laugh!

£50 or more

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Local Cream Tea (Dawlish)

If you are able to donate £50, we would love to treat you to a yummy local cream tea at the popular Strand Café as a thank you. If you are not local you could gift this to a friend.

£90 or more

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Local Cream Tea for 2 (Dawlish)

If you are able to donate £90 to our project, as a thank you, we will treat you to a cream tea for two people. Our friends at The Strand Café would be delighted to serve you. If you are not local, you can gift this reward to a friend.


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