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Support group for couples who have suffered a miscarriage | Chennai News

ByJulie J. Helfer

May 5, 2022
CHENNAI: At a virtual storytelling festival in February, pediatrician Dr Mary Kuttikadan told a group of women gathered online the story of how she came to terms with the pain of stillbirth.
The doctor-storyteller was joined in the session by Chennai-based historian-storyteller Meenakshi Devaraj who spoke about the emotions she went through when she suffered a miscarriage. “We realized there were a lot of women like us who had gone through similar experiences but had no one to talk to,” Meenakshi says. The two have now come together to form a support group for people who have experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth or who have been caregivers for people with this experience.
“So many women came forward during the storytelling session and explained that it had taken them years to come to terms with their miscarriage or stillbirth. Some said they still haven’t done it and are looking for support,” says Meenakshi.
Dr Mary says her stillbirth happened nine years ago, but the healing process is ongoing. “Talking about it is cathartic. By the time it happened, I felt like I had no one to talk to, that’s why I want to be there for another woman who has had a similar experience,” says the doctor from Mumbai.
The first meeting, Meenakshi says, will be virtual. “We want to remove any inhibitions women might have in sharing their stories,” she adds.
The support group will meet on May 6 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. To register, contact [email protected] or [email protected]