Recovering from the loss of a stillborn child

Psychotherapist Amy Luster, MA, MFT, shares advice for parents grieving the loss of a stillborn child on how to best move through the grieving process and how to be strong in the future
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Recovering from the loss of a stillborn child

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If you are grieving the loss of a stillborn baby, whether you have other children or not, please know that you are, in fact, a parent. Know that this grief takes a physical energy. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself; getting adequate rest, eating a healthful diet, having enough liquid everyday, and getting some sort of physical exercise. Know that you and your partner will be experiencing different feelings at different times. You will each be grieving in your own unique way. Be as patient as possible with one another. Know that in the future, if there are additional pregnancies or children, that it's very likely that you will feel a heightened sense of anxiety. Get support for yourself by other parents who have been through a similar kind of loss or seek outside support in whatever way is helpful to you, so that you can manage these feelings.

Psychotherapist Amy Luster, MA, MFT, shares advice for parents grieving the loss of a stillborn child on how to best move through the grieving process and how to be strong in the future

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Amy Luster, MA, MFT

Psychotherapist

Amy Luster, MA, is a psychotherapist and author. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. She runs a group entitled, Parenting After a Loss which offers support, guidance, and education. Her emphasis is on assisting parents who have experienced a child-bearing loss whether from ongoing infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a baby. Her goal is to help families function in a healthy, satisfying way despite their past loss. Amy, her husband and their four children live in Santa Monica, CA. 

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