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Premature birth and counselling

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fredcat Thu 15-Jan-15 19:18:59

Are you the mother of a child born prematurely?
Did you receive counselling as a result of this?

I am a counsellor and am conducting research into counselling mothers of premature babies as part of my MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling at the Minster Centre, London. My aim is to understand what counselling offers to mothers who have undergone this experience, and to explore how it worked, or didn’t work for them.

The research involves a taped confidential one hour interview, to be held at a time and location convenient for you. All information will be anonymised. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

If you or anyone you know would like to participate in this research, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me at

Methe Thu 15-Jan-15 19:23:47

I have 2 prem babies but never had prem baby specific councilling although I did for the ptsd my 2nd prem caused.

Bliss offer free councilling and have a forum. you could post there and ask?

fredcat Thu 29-Jan-15 18:13:08

I'd love to hear from anyone who has had any kind of counselling after having a premature baby, including for PTSD. I will be happy to travel to wherever you live.

Dildals Wed 04-Feb-15 21:46:12

I had counselling. Not so much for my prem baby, but for her twin sister who passed away in labour. I had to arrange her funeral and the 6 sessions I had with the counsellor really helped me through that difficult time & organise my thoughts on what I wanted / needed out of the funeral and what I wanted it to be like. You can only do a funeral once, so it was v important for me to get it right.

The referral to the specialised hospital counsellor got lost and although she did follow up eventually I had already left hospital and was too busy enjoying my daughter. Also, she was based at the scanning dept of the hospital, pretty much the last place I wanted to go to.

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