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Early Pregnancy Loss




  • Defines 'miscarriage'
  • Guidelines on how to tell parents the bad news are provided
  • Lists the needs of a miscarrying woman and how to support her
  • Provides a checklist for midwifery care in miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy
  • Guidelines on what support is needed and how it can be given to the grieving parents

This chapter outlines and explains the needs of the parents and the support networks that are available to them. It guides midwives on how to handle each situation through explanations and checklists, so that the parents are dealt with in the most sensitive and respectful way possible.


Contents include

  • Definition
  • Introduction
  • Breaking Bad News
  • Support After Bad News Is Broken
  • Post-Discharge Support
  • References
  • Interesting Research Articles
  • Recommended Reading
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Author / Editor Biographies

Midwife - academic - still birth
Jane is a midwife and bereaved parent. Jane's first pregnancy ended in miscarriage, her fifth in the stillbirth of her baby, Emma. Since Emma's death Jane and her husband Michael have had two books published: Our Baby Died, an illustrated children's book published in 1994, and Pregnancy After Loss, a survival guide for couples experiencing a subsequent pregnancy after the death of a baby, published in 1996. Jane has a particular interest in educating her colleagues about the needs of bereaved parents. Since Emma's death she has been involved in educating both student midwives and practising mi...

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