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Bereaved parents

The loss of a baby is devastating for any parent. Having to make difficult decisions about the pregnancy, and knowing in advance that you were going to lose your baby, can add another dimension to the emotions of your bereavement.

It can take some time to come to terms with your loss and with these complex emotions. Everyone is different and there is no ‘right’ way to feel or to cope. Being given specialised information and support can help, particularly if you are feeling distressed, confused, overwhelmed or worried about the future.

  • ARC has almost 25 years' experience of helping parents who have been through a termination after a prenatal diagnosis. If you are in this situation, please contact ARC or visit 'After a Termination' in the menu on the right.
  • ARC also offers support to parents who are continuing a pregnancy, including those who have been told that their baby’s chances of survival are small or that their baby will die. If you are in this situation, please contact ARC or go to 'Continuing a Pregnancy' in the menu on the right.
  • ARC's online forum includes a group for parents who continued a pregnancy with a poor prognosis and whose baby subsequently died. Join our Forum here.

If you have lost a baby in different circumstances, there are other organisations which can offer appropriate information and support. Please contact ARC or go to our links page to find out more.