Friday, February 15, 2008

Miscarriage support - The facts

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Approximately one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage.

More than one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage - that's around a quarter of a million in the UK each year.

A further one in one hundred pregnancies is ectopic. This means the pregnancy is developing outside the womb (usually in one of the fallopian tubes). This condition is life-threatening for the mother, and the pregnancy cannot usually survive.

While individual reactions to pregnancy loss vary, most women find the experience deeply distressing. For too many women and their partners, their distress is made worse by a lack of understanding amongst those around them.

Recent research amongst a sample of over 300 women who had experienced loss in pregnancy showed:

Nearly half (45%) of them did not feel well informed about what was happening to them
Only 29% felt well cared for emotionally
Nearly four out of five (79%) received NO aftercare.
A miscarriage can be a distressing experience. Apart from the emotional trauma of expecting a baby and then losing it, your body has been adapting to the changes of pregnancy and has to return to normal.

Get help about this issue from the support groups below, and find advice on how to help minimise the risk of suffering a miscarriage in our related articles.

You can also help women who suffer from the trauma of recurrent miscarriages by visiting and donating to St Mary's Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic here: . This unit is currently under threat and needs your help to keep it going.

Useful Links
Miscarriage Association
Baby Loss
Miscarriage Association - support group


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