The pregnancy counselling service in Chalmer’s Centre offers support to individuals or couples who wish to explore their feelings following a termination of pregnancy. The service provides women, or couples, with a safe environment in which to talk about their feelings and work through any difficult issues associated with the termination.
Women who have had a termination of pregnancy may experience a range of feelings. Many feel relief, while other feelings may include emptiness, sadness, guilt, loss or depression. These feelings may come immediately, or they can surface months, even years later. It may be difficult to talk to friends and family for fear of being judged, or because 'I should be over it by now'. Being unable to express these feelings can lead to isolation and depression.
An unintended pregnancy and a termination are testing situations for couples. While relationships can be strengthened by sharing the experience, some couples can find it hard to communicate afterwards and may need support to maintain their relationship. Women can attend alone, or with their partners. Men may also experience difficulties following a termination of pregnancy and are welcome to attend alone or with their partner.
Most women feel relieved after a termination. However, a small minority have serious emotional difficulties. If this happens talking it through can help.
Counselling and support is available at:
Chalmer’s Sexual Health Centre:
Call 0131 536 1070 and ask for an appointment with counsellor