Whilst being pregnant can be an exciting and happy time, becoming pregnant again after the loss of a baby can spark a variety of emotions. Many parents can find themselves overwhelmed by anxiety, and this can often be extremely difficult to manage without extra support or effective coping mechanisms.
For Nora Leinad, or @selftherapista on Instagram, art has become an outlet for her to explore her emotions following the loss of her first baby, Áron, and her second pregnancy. Throughout her journey she has perfectly captured the mix of emotions which can often surround this worrying time, including feelings of unease and guilt, as well as increasing happiness and confidence.
The drawings are beautifully simple, with Nora’s cartoon characters able to accurately bring to light the everyday realities of an uncertain pregnancy in clear black and white.
Important are some of the visual representations Nora uses to explore her emotions, such as her depiction of anxiety as walking on a tightrope, or the jumble of lines which allow her to present the confusion of her thoughts.
Over 3,500 babies are stillborn every year in the UK and many of these deaths remain unexplained. Work like Nora’s helps to give a voice to parents who are grieving and normalise the stages of a pregnancy journey following the heartache of loss.
We love how Nora has found such a creative and helpful way to cope with her grief, and the work she is doing definitely speaks to parents going through a similar situation. Tommy’s congratulates her on the birth of her rainbow baby, and we can’t wait to see what is to come in the future!
If you’ve suffered the heartache of loss and you’re finding it hard to cope, our midwives are trained in bereavement support and are here for you, whatever stage you are at on your journey. You can contact our free information line at 0800 0147 800 from 9-5, Monday to Friday, or email them at [email protected].