After losing a baby due to miscarriage, many women and couples feel isolated in their grief. Therefore, knowing how to show support and what to say to people after they have lost a baby is significant.
Meet Michelle Juarez
Michelle Juarez is a licensed professional counselor (LPC). She has a private practice specializing in infertility, reproductive loss, and third-party reproduction. She works with individuals and couples, and her clients come from diverse backgrounds, including the LGBTQ community.
Each month, she facilitates a support group for women experiencing fertility concerns, with the majority moving forward with in vitro fertilization (IVF). She also conducts psychological evaluations for gestational carriers, egg donors, and sleek donors, as well as consultations for recipients of donor eggs/sperm/embryos.
Michelle is also a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and a part of the Mental Health Professional Group.
About the episode
This podcast episode hosted by Dina Sargeant started when Michelle defined “family” in today’s society. Then, Michelle discussed what pregnancy loss is and explained its different types, including miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, and neonatal loss.
She also advised those who just recently encountered a pregnancy loss to join a group therapy or support group, whether online or face-to-face, so they can be supported and feel validated. On the other hand, Michelle also shared that listening is a great way to support someone you know who has suffered from pregnancy loss. She said that it could be very difficult to tell if someone wants to talk about a painful event and if they don’t want to talk about it, they will let you know.
When it comes to helping women who have experienced a miscarriage, what family and friends do or don’t say can have a lasting impact. And a simple act of acknowledging their loss, like listening and showing empathy, can help.
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