Miscarriage is more common than records suggest, study finds

Natalie Cornish
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Photo credit: Unsplash

Miscarriage is devastating, causing immense physical and emotional pain that often lasts for a long time afterwards. That distress is made even more difficult by the ongoing taboo around baby loss, along with a lack of help and advice in the aftermath.

Now, a new joint study by leading baby loss charity Tommy's and medical journal The Lancet has unearthed the true extent of miscarriage in the UK in order to better support parents and bust outdated myths that can make conversations even harder. The findings, sadly, make for truly shocking reading.

Tommy's shared this post to Instagram yesterday to highlight the report's key statistics:

  • Black women are 40% more likely to miscarry than white women.

  • Patients who miscarry are twice as likely to suffer with depression.

  • Women over 40 are 37% more likely to miscarry.

  • Women who miscarry are three times more likely to develop blood clots and suffer from heart disease.

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At the moment, women only qualify for support after three miscarriages – something which Tommy's has rightly described as 'unacceptable'. 'We need care after every miscarriage,' they say.

That's why the charity is now petitioning the UK government for a change in the law to ensure parents get access to the advice and help they need after every miscarriage. That includes counselling and mental health provision, if necessary.

Tommy's is also calling for an end to the postcode lottery, so tests and treatments are standardised across the UK. Every miscarriage should be reported, they say, in order to understand the true scale of the problem and women at high risk of miscarriage should be monitored.

You can sign their petition here.

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