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Calls for More Compassionate Care for Women Suffering a Miscarriage

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Parenting website mumsnet has launched a campaign fighting towards better NHS care for the thousands of families who suffer a miscarriage.

The campaign, backed by doctors and other specialists, is calling for quicker scans for those waiting to discover if they have had a miscarriage. As it stands women can wait several agonising days to discover whether they have lost their baby and are often left waiting in the same room as heavily pregnant women with experiencing successful pregnancies.

Furthermore, the campaign is fighting for better training for NHS staff to ensure more compassionate care from all departments as well as access to better information in how women might want to manage their miscarriage. Campaigners also hope this will mean that all departments can work together to give women the least distressing experience possible,

According to a mumsnet survey of 1,400 women, 63% claimed that when they suffered a miscarriage at home following a scan at hospital, they were offered no adequate pain relief. Almost half received care alongside other pregnant women and families with newborns.

Over a fifth of women were forced to wait more than 3 or more days for a diagnostic scan and of those who required surgery, over a third waited 4 days or more.

Justine Roberts, co-founder of mumsnet states, “There is no getting away from the hurt of miscarriage, but there are a number of simple changes that could make a considerable difference to the level of trauma miscarrying parents undergo.”

Fellow co-founder Carrie Longton adds that in light of the decision of many women who choose to keep their pregnancy to themselves until the risk of miscarriage passes at 12 weeks, “perhaps miscarriage needs generally to be talked about more.”

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