Topics:  children, empty arms, maclean community health centre

Counsel for childless parents

Generalist counsellor Maclean Community Health Centre Sally Abrahams with convenor Empty Arms convenor Chris Davis.
Generalist counsellor Maclean Community Health Centre Sally Abrahams with convenor Empty Arms convenor Chris Davis. Adam Hourigan

THINGS are looking up for a Clarence Valley group providing support for parents who have lost children or cannot have them naturally.

Empty Arms, which meets on the third Friday of each month at Maclean Community Health Centre, now has access to a professional counsellor, in Sally Abrahams.

Empty Arms convenor Chris Davis said having Ms Abrahams as a resource would enhance the services the group could provide. She said the group had agreed not to meet regularly after several members had success in having babies.

"With Sally available to us, we feel it's important we have regu- lar meetings," Ms Davis said.

Members and potential members can source help and resources at any hour of the day at the group's new website at emptyarms.org.au.

"It (the website) was paid for by a generous donation from Purple Pearls and from free graphic design done for us by Yoohoo Graphic and Web Design," Ms Davis said.

 

Facts

  •  One in 4 pregnancies end in loss
  •  One in 10 babies are premature
  •  One in 135 babies are stillborn
  •  One in six couples experience infertility
  •  3% of mothers had babies through assisted reproductive technology or IVF


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