More support for pregnancy, infant loss needed, advocates say – CBC

Stigma remains despite up to 20% of pregnancies ending in miscarriage, 8 in 1,000 in stillbirth

Jul 01, 2024

Just days after Nicole Shannon told her family that she was pregnant, she went for a regular checkup and learned she had an ectopic pregnancy.

She had to have emergency surgery to end the pregnancy. It was her eighth pregnancy loss in six years.

“I was absolutely devastated,” she said. “I remember saying to the nurse at the time, ‘I’m just so broken. I don’t want to be broken anymore.'”

Shannon was living in Pemberton, B.C., at the time and said finding support was not easy.

Now living in Kelowna, she and seven other women have launched the Okanagan Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support group in an effort to educate health professionals and offer help for grieving families so that others feel better supported should they go through something similar.

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