If you would like to support our work and enable us to help many others like Amy*, Emily or Karl, then please see below the different ways that you can donate and get involved.
Reflect is the initiative of local churches working together to provide a free support service in North Yorkshire for anyone facing a Pregnancy Choice and for those in need of support after experiencing Pregnancy or Neonatal Loss.
Reflect opened in York in 2007 and has since grown to have centres in Harrogate, Selby and most recently Thirsk.
Our vision is to see anyone in North Yorkshire, enabled to make an informed decision about a Pregnancy Choice, without fear, pressure or judgment, and to support those who have been affected by Pregnancy Loss through miscarriage, stillbirth or termination of pregnancy, or who have experienced neonatal loss. Reflect offers ‘Reflections: Walking through Loss’ – a structured support programme, offering free one-to-one support for couples or individuals.
Motivated by Christian compassion, we desire to see people in this difficult situation supported through the decision-making process, whatever the outcome. We aim to raise awareness of the issues surrounding pregnancy including parenting, abortion, adoption, miscarriage, and to support all those affected.
There were 1,791 abortions in North Yorkshire and York in 2019. Research shows a woman (and her partner) are best able to cope with an unintended pregnancy decision made free from pressure or fear, knowing they have made a truly informed choice, even if it is difficult at the time. Reflect is able to provide the time, space and care that is needed for people facing a Pregnancy Choice. We meet with clients face-to-face (when possible), or arrange telephone or video consultations, and discuss all their options. Clients are given the space and support to make an informed decision without fear, pressure or judgement. A systematic review of mental health outcomes of induced abortion found that “unwanted pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of mental health outcomes.” Reflect provides care and support for all women who have an unplanned pregnancy.
Additionally, 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage, and 1 in 250 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth. Reflect offers specialist services, for those dealing with a Pregnancy or Neonatal loss, that the NHS locally does not currently provide, and receives referrals from hospitals, Mental Health organisations and Healthcare Professionals. The loss of a pregnancy, at any stage, can have a devastating effect on both partners and their mental health. We often see clients months or even years after the loss, who have not had the space and support to deal with all their emotions and process their grief.
All our services are free and confidential and are open to women, men and couples. Local agencies and healthcare professionals’ signpost to Reflect and clients can access our services directly.
Reflect volunteers have completed the accredited Pregnancy Choices Practitioners Course (Open College Network certificate) or have equivalent experience and in-house Pregnancy Choice training. Volunteers are further trained in our specific Pregnancy Loss and post-termination support ‘Reflections: Walking through loss’ and all receive regular, ongoing, supervision and training. Our Supervisors are all experienced qualified counsellors.
As a charity we are completely reliant on generous donations, grants, volunteers, and people spreading the word, so in whatever way you are able to contribute, your support is invaluable. Reflect has helped over 400 people and provided over 1700 support sessions. With your support we can: