Ep. 11 Hayley Manning, Advocate, on Miscarriage, Turner's Syndrome & living with Loss & Hope
In this conversation with Liz, Hayley speaks about the multiple miscarriages that she experienced, the devastating decision that herself and husband Charlie had to make when they found out that their baby had Turner's Syndrome and how, after four miscarriages and a medical termination, she continues to try to find the balance between loss and hope.
Miscarriage remains a taboo subject and if often a source of deep loneliness and grief for those who experience it. Because it is a subject avoided by many, the signs and symptoms of miscarriage often cause unnecessary additional distress and can be a deeply shocking and confusing time for the parents' experiencing this loss.
I am aware that Hayley has a living child and that some listeners do not have a living child; I wish to acknowledge this possible trigger of pain.
Hayley's candid and heartfelt approach to the subject provides a much-needed insight into what it means to endure multiple pregnancy losses and also a glimpse of the devastation parents' face when medical termination is an option they must consider. Hayley, who has significantly resourced herself through these experiences by accessing support and attending ongoing counselling, shares with us the variety of organisations where she found some support and comfort, she generously shares them with us here today:
A few links that might be useful for your listeners: (UK based)
Miscarriage Association: They have lots of really good leaflets about all different types of miscarriages, complications, feelings, future decisions
Turners Syndrome Society:
ARC (they support parents through antenatal testing and with the decisions about continuing with the pregnancy or not): They have a “friend” service, I spoke to a women who also had a Turner’s baby, it was really helpful.
Book: Miscarriage – What every women needs to know by Professor Lesley Regan
My blog link:
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