We are a miscarriage support service - the only early pregnancy loss charity covering Scotland, based in Aberdeen.
MISS Provides support for women and men after miscarriage, next pregnancy and a different pathway (including adoption, fostering and IVF).
Support after miscarriage includes virtual or in person support groups, organising a 1:1 with a member of our trained Support team or talk with us on the MISS phone line at 07597 584253 by whatsapp, text message or simply call.
At MISS we have several types of support for you and your partner after a miscarriage as well as going onto your next pregnancy or a different pathway. Perhaps you may want to utilise all of our services or only one.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve and its important that you decide what is best for you and your partner. Please take a look at our services for information about the types of support available through our trained support team at MISS and we hope that you can use these to help you move forward and decide how you want to proceed with your journey.
Remember you are not alone and we are here to support you.
Miscarriage Support Service
MISS offers a confidential space for anyone in Scotland to receive support, information and advice as well as understand they are not alone after going through miscarriage.
MISSter Support Service
Misster is for males and partners who have experienced miscarriage or require support for with next pregnancy. Have a chat with our male Support Volunteers over a meal, phone or on a health walk.
Pregnancy After Loss
Pregnancy After Loss is for women who are trying to conceive or who are pregnant following from a loss, perhaps feeling a little anxious and require some extra support.
A Different Pathway
A Different Pathway is for bereaved parents who have decided not to continue their journey trying to conceive as well as for bereaved parents who are looking at alternative ways such as IVF, adoption or fostering.
Community – Member first – Empathy – Focus on what is important – Creativity.
We will ensure there is a confidential space for those whom have experienced miscarriage so that they are not alone in their experience. We do this by offering a range of one-to-one and group services to explore member’s needs receive support, information and advice after miscarriage.
MISS SUPPORT GROUPS
Virtual Support Group
Held on the second Thursday of each month at 7.15 over zoom
North Aberdeenshire Support Group
Held at Rowlands Pharmacy in Ellon the last Saturday of the month, 10-11am. Join our Support Volunteer Claire for a cuppa and chat.
Quarterly Aberdeen in-person Support Group
Our next group will be held at Somebody Cares House, Wellington Circle, Altens AB12 3JG, on Thursday 24th August 23.
MISS Support Coordinator Hope will be joined by Rebecca from ‘The Happy Sigh’ for mindfulness & Meditation and some creative journaling.
Remember you are not alone and we are here to support you.
“I was made to feel welcome and although the group was small, some interesting discussions were held.”
“The support team are really good listeners and really understand what we need. To also tell our story really made me feel not alone and I am looking forward to the next session.”
“I found it a relief to speak to someone else in the same situation. I enjoyed the crafty session too – it took my mind off things and met a friend too.”
How to get involved
Spread the word, share an event, talk to your family and friends or even promote at Miss at work.
dd a collection tin at your place of work or within a communty group.
Volunteer, even if you can only spare a couple hours each weeks, this is much appreciated.
What is a miscarriage?
A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks.
What are the symptoms of a miscarriage?
The main sign of a miscarriage is vaginal bleeding, which may be followed by cramping and pain in your lower abdomen.
If you have vaginal bleeding, contact a GP or your midwife.
Bear in mind that light vaginal bleeding is relatively common during the first trimester (first 3 months) of pregnancy and does not necessarily mean you’re having a miscarriage.
What are the causes of a miscarriage?
There are potentially many reasons why a miscarriage may happen, although the cause is not usually identified.
The majority are not caused by anything you have done.
It’s thought most miscarriages are caused by abnormal chromosomes in the baby.
Chromosomes are genetic “building blocks” that guide the development of a baby.
If a baby has too many or not enough chromosomes, it will not develop properly.
Can a miscarriage be prevented?
The majority of miscarriages cannot be prevented. But there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of a miscarriage.
Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and using drugs while pregnant. Being a healthy weight before getting pregnant, eating a healthy diet and reducing your risk of infection can also help.
How should I feel after a miscarriage?
There is no right way or wrong way of how you may be feeling after a miscarriage. Everyone deals with grief in a different way and its important that you deal with your feelings and emotions. These may feelings may include guilt, shock, anger or you may not have no feelings.
What is recurrent miscarriage?
If you have experienced 3 or more miscarriages in a row, it is called recurrent miscarriage. This is rare and affects 1% of couples. Having a miscarriage can be devastating, but having one after another is often a very traumatic experience. If you have had 3 or more miscarriages in row, you should be referred to a specialist unit dedicated to managing recurrent miscarriage. You can have tests and investigations to find a possible reason.
- What causes recurrent miscarriage?
- Blood clotting disorders
- Thyroid problems
- Thyroid antibodies
- Uterine problems
- Genetic cause
Get in touch
Balmoral Hub Balmoral Business Park Wellington Circle Altens Aberdeen AB12 3JG