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63% miscarry at home without adequate pain relief

Figures suggest that poor NHS services are contributing to a proportion of women who suffer a miscarriage undergoing unnecessary added turmoil.

Of around 1,400 women who have miscarried in the last 10 years, more than three-fifths (63%) who did so at home did not get offered adequate pain relief, according to a survey.

A Mumsnet poll revealed that nearly half (48%) suffered unnecessary distress because they were treated alongside pregnant women or those with newborn babies.

Just over a fifth (21%) referred for a scan waited at least three days and 35% of those needing surgery waited at least four days.

In the poll overall, 29% described healthcare information as poor or inadequate, while more than a tenth (11%) did not tell family or friends about the miscarriage. Women are recommended to be referred after three consecutive miscarriages.

Now Mumsnet members have developed a Miscarriage Code of Care urging supportive staff, scans access and more treatment information.


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