When you and your partner lose a pregnancy or a newborn, it can be devastating. And while you grieve together, you must also be strong for your partner and help her cope with the very personal and intimate nature of her loss. Trying to support your partner while you are grieving yourself is a unique role and can be complex and challenging.

You are not alone. Many other fathers have felt the loss of a baby. An estimated one in five pregnancies is lost through miscarriage and the infant mortality rate in Texas is approximately six deaths for every 1000 births. Too often these losses are not shared. By seeking out other men who have gone through loss, you can talk through what you’re feeling and learn new skills and techniques to help you cope and move on. Support groups and counseling are good places that will allow you to vent your experience with others and get help.