Grandparents-to-be often have their own very special hopes and dreams as their children begin families of their own. When expectant parents are told that their baby has a serious genetic or structural condition, everybody's hopes and expectations may be shattered, including family members. Care and attention will be focused on the baby's parents, but grandparents can also struggle with powerful and confusing emotions; wanting to help, but also suffering themselves.
This information is about loss after diagnosis of fetal anomaly during pregnancy, and what parents might face in this circumstance. Based on ARC's work with grandparents, it covers some of the emotions other grandparents have felt, and gives advice on ways to cope and how you can help your children and yourself, through this difficult and painful time.
Please feel able to contact us on the ARC helpline for support. Our professional team is here to help the whole family facing difficult times.