OPPALS stands for Oxford Pregnancy and Parenting After Loss Support. It is a monthly face-to-face support group for people who are experiencing pregnancy and/or parenting after the loss of a child, whether in pregnancy or beyond.
We alternate the themes of the meetings: one month we focus on pregnancy after loss and the following one focuses on parenting after loss. Everyone is welcome to attend all meetings, regardless of whether you are pregnant or currently parenting a child. Please note that small babies are welcome to attend parenting meetings, but not pregnancy focused meetings. This is to provide a safe space for those who are not ready to interact with babies and children as well as create opportunities for those who are unable to attend without their small children.
At every meeting, we welcome: pregnant women, partners, parents, birth workers as well as people who have already given birth who might have needed the support of this group during their pregnancy.
We meet monthly from 7.30 to 9.30pm in an East Oxford venue (details here).
The group was set up by women who have lived experiences of loss, both in pregnancy and beyond. We have come together to create this group as we felt, during our pregnancies and subsequent parenting journeys, that there was a gap in this type of support in Oxfordshire. We are also supported by midwives, obstetricians and others around the country doing similar work.
We aim for the meetings to be informal, we are not a therapy group. But meetings are facilitated and we will suggest a monthly theme related to pregnancy or parenting after loss.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about any aspect of this group, before you come to the group or if you are unable to attend, please get in touch and we will aim to respond within 24 hours.
Please circulate this information to your networks around Oxford and Oxfordshire. You never know who in your circle of friends may need this.
We also have a Facebook page with information about our meetings: www.facebook.com/OxfordPALS