Supporting Women after Miscarriage
Our cultural discomfort with discussing any sort of loss means women who have experienced miscarriage are often met with a wall of silence.
Up to one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. From a medical perspective, miscarriage is easily managed as a “routine pregnancy complication”. Emotionally, however, it can take a massive toll. Cliched comments like "it wasn’t meant to be" or "don't worry, you'll get pregnant" are hurtful and dismissive. In this article, Department of General Practice Honorary Dr Jade Bilardi, collaborator Prof Jayashri Kulkarni and Prof Meredith Temple-Smith, offer some tips on what to say and do; information collected as part of their research into psychosocial support for women, men and families following miscarriage.
The most important message? Acknowledge their loss, listen, and let them grieve.