Most people associated infant loss with either stillbirths or miscarriages. But there are other types of pregnancy losses which affect many people, yet most of us are unaware of them.
Stephanie Cara is 24 years-old and from Suffolk. She had a molar pregnancy, which is where the placenta and foetus does not form properly, and the baby is unable to develop. It is a very dangerous way of having a pregnancy because it can lead to cancer.
Most people who have these molar pregnancies are cured and transferred to the Charing Cross Hospital in London. So Stephanie had to travel there to get her baby and the molar attached to it removed. This was unfortunately the only face-to face support that was available to her, and because she lives in Suffolk, she had to turn to online forums for help.
Before her experience, Stephanie hadn’t even heard of a molar pregnancy and she still to this day cannot get her head around it.
It was not something that I had ever heard of before, nor had my friends, family, any relatives at all. When they told me about it I actually laughed. It’s a pregnancy, how can that lead to cancer?”
Although Stephanie found the online forums a great help, she doesn’t think there is enough support around infant loss and she says it is definitely not enough just to turn to support online. But sadly, she doesn’t know how to help herself and so she doesn’t know how to help other people.
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