PathFinders' Help Clients Cope With Baby Loss
Today marks the last day of Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 Oct). Losing a baby or a pregnancy is a traumatic experience for any mother, especially for many of our clients who are single moms away from their home country and family. Below one of our case managers shares her experience of supporting a client who has lost a baby or pregnancy to overcome grief.
"What happens during a pregnancy is not in your hands. Some clients attend regular check ups at hospitals and unfortunately still end up losing their baby. But it is important to be careful and take care of yourself. It is very hard and emotional as they were expecting and looking forward to becoming a mother and having a new member in the family. One of the clients had a first born with autism, and was hoping her second child would be normal and healthy. However, one day the doctor could not detect the heartbeat of her baby. By that time she was already past 20 weeks of gestation, and despite being in so much shock and emotional pain, she still had to labour and birth her stillborn. We focused on giving her counseling support and arranged a funeral for the baby. We encouraged her to bring something like baby clothes for her little angel. She was able to have a closure, recover and fulfill her role as the mom to her other child who still needs her love and attention. As Case Managers, we cannot compensate for these moms' loss, especially for the single migrant mothers who have no support in Hong Kong, but we can care for them and support them in their journey."
If you have experienced a loss and need support, you can consult a OB-GYN or consider therapy with a trained counselor. The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong also offers online counseling for general concerns.
If you are a migrant domestic worker who's pregnant and needs support, please dial our hotline at 5190-4886.
To learn more about Baby Loss Awareness Week, please visit babyloss-awareness.org #BLAW2020