Peer support is proven. Peer support works.
Peer support provides a personal level of knowledge by sharing similar life experiences. These common personal experiences can foster meaningful connections and a deeper sense of understanding and empathy between peers who may otherwise feel misunderstood. Pregnancy loss can be confusing and full of many emotions. Others may make you feel “crazy” or “abnormal”. Its nice to hear someone else’s story and be told what you feel, is in fact “normal”.
Pregnancy loss can feel isolating. Knowing someone and being able to talk to someone that has experienced it also, makes a huge difference. Many people may not be able to speak with friends or family – and some people may be afraid to talk about the subject altogether. Peer support provides a safe and more comfortable platform to open up and connect with others.
A peer who has experienced pregnancy loss can provide useful insight on how to healthily manage the sadness, the new “normal” and what to expect through the recovery process. In many ways peers can help through similar struggles. You get to meet parents in different stages of their grieving journey and that can promote hope in the present and in the future.
Mental and Physical Health
Peer support can make a difference! Research has demonstrated a number of ways peer support can help.
Peer support brings personal knowledge of what it is like to live after the loss of your precious baby.
Peer support improves overall mental and physical health.
Studies have shown time and time again, those who participate in peer support often influence other positive, self-care and lifestyle behaviors like regular exercise, healthy eating, and stress management.
Peer Support does not duplicate or replace the roles of therapists or doctors.