Feelings and emotions
here is no right way or wrong way to feel, we are all individuals who cope with situations and emotions in different ways. CDH can also have a huge impact on your family and friends. We have listed below some of the normal emotions that you, your family or even your friends may feel at some point
You may have other children who you feel are being neglected because of your time given to baby and this again is normal.
Having family and friends on hand who can look after them, take them to school and on outings will be helpful and will serve as a distraction until you are with them.
Talking about baby and how baby is doing to siblings, showing them pictures and videos of baby and encouraging them to draw a picture or make something for the new arrival will help them to cope and understand what is happening.
CDH UK can offer you a range of support, from information and advice to simply lending an ear. We can find other parents nearby who have experienced the same situation as you and help with costs such as travelling and parking known as our ‘Home to Hospital’ scheme. We can also put you in touch with other organisations which can help (see useful contacts and websites).
Free professional bereavement counselling is also available by request (subject to conditions).