As a family of 4 we have obviously experienced pregnancy. We were in the lucky situation of having a lot of information easily at hand about what to expect, mostly as C's mam was a midwife. However, many people are not so lucky, with little knowledge or education about pregnancy, it can be daunting time. The MAMA Academy aims to educate mums about health in pregnancy, and also to advise when it is necessary to involve their midwife.
Although we have had 2 successful pregnancies resulting in B and I, we have this year experience the heartache of 2 miscarriages. The disturbing fact is that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in early miscarriage, that is a loss before 14 weeks. We had good support from out GP, reassuring us that it may not happen again, but we know now that it does happen, and it is a horrible experience.
The MAMA Academy website has a section on early miscarriage educating you of the signs to look out for. We were aware of these signs, and sought medical attention, sadly there was nothing that could be done.
Although the miscarriages we experienced were heartbreaking, having the understanding of what happened helped, and we feel that having this knowledge and someone to help guide you through the time is very important.
We also believe that although pregnancy is an exciting and joyful time, for some it can be scary and lonely, not understanding the help that is available and what to do for the best of both mother and child. We fully support the MAMA Academy as we believe that pregnancy should be the experience of a lifetime, and not something that should be looked on with dread and anxiety.