Did you know that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage?
It started with a coffee. Well, actually it started with a response to a Facebook post about miscarriage, a private message and a request to meet for coffee. And by the end of that coffee date, the concept for Pink Elephants was created.
During that first coffee, we agreed that there was an unmet need in the community around the support of women experiencing early miscarriage. From the initial miscarriage diagnosis, to the ensuing loss/procedure and knowing what to expect, right down to the support that partners, family, friends and even healthcare professionals can give – women needed and deserved more. Information needed to be offered. Conversations needed to be had. Validation needed to be given. Connections needed to be made.
We also realised how easy it is to get stuck in the grief space and not know how to move forward. Nurturing our physical and mental health is a vital part of the journey and knowing all the options available both medically and holistically can give us a greater sense of control in what can otherwise be a time fraught with uncertainty and sadness. The key is having all this information readily accessible in the one spot.
Through Pink Elephants, we want to reduce the feelings of isolation many women feel by connecting them with other women who have experienced the journey before them, and are now able to mentor others. We want every woman to have the opportunity to connect with someone who ‘gets it’.
Miscarriage may be an individual journey, but no woman should have to walk it alone.
Our Peer Support Programme is a connection with another woman who has also experienced miscarriage. Our Ambassadors have been trained by a bereavement counsellor in how to best support emotional wellbeing after a miscarriage. We offer six free sessions with the same Ambassador, allowing the continuity of care that is so important at this time.
Our downloadable resources will make a world of difference in helping women’s key support networks (partners, family, friends) understand how to best support their loved one as they travel the road of miscarriage and early pregnancy loss.
We also want to put women in touch with relevant healthcare professionals who will be able to support and nurture their mental and physical wellbeing. We run regular Facebook Live events in our private support group, providing relevant and trusted wellbeing information.
On the flip side, we want to provide support to healthcare professionals which will in turn enhance their patient interactions and ultimately improve the support that women receive.
We know if you’re here, you’re going through some pretty tough times and are looking for reassurance, information and support. We hope that we’ve been able to make even a small difference in your world and wish you all the best in your journey.
Sam, Gabbi and the Pink Elephant’s team xo
You may be wondering, ‘Why Pink Elephants?’
Well, pink is fairly obvious, traditionally being associated with love, nurturing, care, understanding, compassion, and it’s typically associated with females.
Elephants originally came to mind because of the saying, ‘Elephants never forget’, which we thought was entirely appropriate for an organisation like this. We never forget our losses. We never forget our babies.
However, most importantly, it is believed that when a mother elephant loses her baby, the other elephants stand in a circle around her and allow her all the time she needs to grieve and mourn. They gently touch her with their trunks, in a silent show of unwavering support.
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