At Partners in Healing (PIH), we approach reproductive loss and bereavement comprehensively. Reproductive loss includes a number of difficult experiences, including infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, and unexpected fetal anomaly, among others.
Some losses result in death. Other losses feel like a death. Some losses are symbolic. For example, when a woman is told that she will need infertility treatment, or that her baby has an anomaly, she is experiencing profound loss. Often people experience more than one type of loss in their reproductive lives. This can also include complications in pregnancy or trauma during labor and delivery.
People do not “get over” a reproductive loss, but they can integrate the experience into what is hopefully and long and happy life. Telling the reproductive story is a must for healing. Too often people are afraid to tell their story for fear of burdening others or because others minimize or deny the physical and emotional pain caused by reproductive losses. This can lead to isolation, resentment, and depression. At PIH, we actively elicit the story and provide hope for healing and transformation.
It is insufficient to say that loss is difficult, as each person and each couple experiences loss differently.
- Gender issues
- Psychological make-up
- Childhood trauma
- Medical trauma history
- Family history and dynamics
- Belief systems
- Social environment
- Spiritual beliefs
- Resilience factors
Our PIH team, including Dr. Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT and Diane Tanning, RN, MS, L.Ac. Dr. Simmons provides clinical hypnosis, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), acupuncture, and individual and couples therapy to those who have experienced reproductive loss. We listen to our patients’ unique situations and partner with them in developing the most appropriate treatment plan. Many of our patients have found healing and new purpose.
We collaborate actively with physicians, nurses, acupuncturists, and other health care professionals across the Twin Cities to ensure that healing is complete and that hope can spring anew for family building in the future. Dr. Simmons is available for professional consultation, as well. Compassion and clinical know-how ensure good outcomes at PIH. To schedule, call us at 763-546-5797.