Journal article

"The loss was traumatic ... some healthcare providers added to that": Women's experiences of miscarriage

Clare Bellhouse, Meredith Temple-Smith, Shaun Watson, Jade Bilardi

WOMEN AND BIRTH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Miscarriage is a common event in Australia and is estimated to occur in up to one in four confirmed pregnancies. Prior research has demonstrated that miscarriage is associated with significant distress, grief and loss, and in some cases clinically significant levels of depression, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Despite these consequences for women's emotional and mental health, studies have commonly found that women feel that healthcare providers often lack empathy, support, and acknowledgement of their loss. AIM: The aim of this study is to explore the psychological distress experienced by women as a result of miscarriage, as well as the perceived support provided ..

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