Grief after our abortion

Reactions to loss after abortion After our abortion, we can feel no loss at all, only shock  waves: “ I can’t manage these strong feelings. I think they will break me” We go into shock because it is a natural reaction to loss....

Rest is about you

Rest is about reflecting on you: Rest is about having compassion for ourselves. It is also known as self compassion. Rest is about looking after ourselves, and reflecting on the things that develop us personally. Those things are sometimes hard to know so resting and...

Tanya

My friends wanted me to have the abortion because I was on my own and I couldn’t cope. I wasn’t sure who the father was so it was best. I cried and cried in the clinic and they took me for more counselling. I cried all the way to the theatre. I was so upset. I feel so...

Olivia Part 1

I sat in the student bar on campus contemplating how a couple of days ago I couldn’t wait to go home for the Easter break and then all of a sudden days later I’m dreading the idea. Earlier in the day I contacted Philip, my boyfriend and requested we meet in the...

Bethany

The doctor’s appointment and scan revealed that I was about 20 weeks pregnant, but I didn’t get to see my baby on the scan as mum felt this was for the best. I don’t know to this day whether it would have made a difference. I had various visits to...

Freya

I don’t even know who the father was. I fooled myself into thinking I wasn’t pregnant until it was becoming very obvious. I had to do something. I booked myself into the clinic, only my boss knew. I told no one at all. We were all in a line of beds with a curtain...

Karine Part 1

I was three-and-a-half months pregnant when I had my abortion. I am married and already had a 19 year old son and an 11 year old daughter. Things were not ideal at home for another baby. To begin with there was the worry of the possibility of us losing our jobs; we...

Sam Part 1

My name is Sam. I enjoy hiking; I used to do quite a lot of hiking. I usually go with a friend of mine. Last week, I spent the night on the local hills, wild camping. I like the fresh air, it makes me feel healthier as well as mentally because there’s all that time to...

Hazel

“Mum, I’m pregnant”, something in my gut suddenly dropped heavily, leaving behind a hollow, sickening feeling of unreality. The words no mother wants to hear from her fifteen year old daughter. After having four much loved boys, our daughter Bethany meant so...

Leanne

Ten years later, I had closure with the boyfriend. We met and closed the matter between us, although I had difficulty in forgiving him, as well as myself. The years have been and gone. First there was college, then university, and then marriage. During that time not a...

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