Dealing With a Miscarriage in NZ

DealingWith a Miscarriage in NZ

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DealingWith a Miscarriage in NZ

Miscarriage,which ismedically referredto as ‘spontaneousabortion’is a casein wherethepregnancyis lostspontaneouslyin thefirst20 weeksof pregnancy.In New Zealand, approximatelyone in five pregnanciesendin miscarriage.Inaddition,80% of thesemiscarriagesoccurbefore twelve weeksgestation.Recurrentpregnancylossalsooccurswhena womanexperiences2 or3 consecutivemiscarriages.About2 to 5% of couplesexperiencethistypeof miscarriage,anditis characterizedby three consecutivemiscarriagesbefore 12 weeksandtwo consecutivemiscarriagesafter 12 weeksgestationwherethebabyis stillborn. Amoredevastatingfactis thatthecauseof themiscarriagescan beidentifiedin onlyabout 30% of themiscarriages(Sycuro &amp Fredricks 2013).

Treatmentof themiscarriageis sometimesrequiredespeciallyifI wasan incompletemiscarriage.In this,theuterus usuallyhas not emptiedcompletely.Therefore,a dilationandcurettage (D&ampC) is neededto emptythecontents of theuterus (Brent, 2008). However,in a moreadvancedpregnancyD&ampC is not possibleandthewomanneedsto golaborto deliverthebaby.Thislossof pregnancyaffectsthecouplesinvolvedtremendouslyespeciallythewoman.Awomangoesthrough thegrieving processof losingthechild(Fowden, Coan.. 2008). Sometimesthisprocessis complicatedas shedoesnot knowthatsheis grieving.Thisismostlyexperiencedin earlypregnancymiscarriageswherethere is littleleftforthegrieving parent(Brent, 2008). However,in instances whereitwasa stillbornthemothercan seeandholdthebaby,anditis muchharderto letgo.Themotherexperiencesa griefresponsesimilarto theoneinvolvedin losinga child.

Inconclusion,theseparentsexperiencedepressionandemotionaltrauma.Manytimesthewomanfeelsguiltyandblamesherself forthemiscarriage,yetmanyof thepregnanciesare unpreventable. Shemay alsofeelthather partneris not fullysupportingher during thisperiod.Thisis especiallybecausemengrievedifferentlythan women,andtheytendto showstrengthratherthan emotion.However,supportshould be givento theparentssometimesitis alsogoodto seekprofessionalhelpfrom supportgroupsandcounselors(Sycuro &amp Fredricks 2013).

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Fowden,A. L., Forhead, A. J., Coan, P. M., &amp Burton, G. J. (April 01,2008). The Placenta and Intrauterine Programming. Journalof Neuroendocrinology, 20, 4,439-450

Brent,R. L. (November 01, 2005). Nongenital malformations followingexposure to progestational drugs: The last chapter of an erroneousallegation. BirthDefects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology, 73, 11,906-918.