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Care after miscarriage 'not consistent enough'

From BBC - October 9, 2017

Women are not being told all the options when deciding how to dispose of pregnancy remains after miscarriage in England, a report suggests.

Corinne Fowler did not realise she could take her baby's remains home - instead they were disposed of with other clinical waste.

Looking back, she says she would have found a special place to bury the child she would never see again.

The Miscarriage Association said better and more consistent care was needed.

The Death Before Birth report, carried out by researchers from the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol, looked at the experiences of women who had gone through early pregnancy loss, such as miscarriage, terminations for foetal anomaly or stillbirth before 24 weeks.

In the UK, one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage and there are around 2,000 terminations following pre-natal screening each year.

The report found that although care was good and improving in many hospitals, it was inconsistent across England, leaving some women feeling misinformed and distressed at a vulnerable time.

'No time to say goodbye'

When Corinne, 47, from Birmingham, miscarried some years ago at 13 weeks, she brought the remains to be checked at hospital in an ice cream tub.

But they were taken out of her hands with no warning.

"I was completely taken by surprise. I felt this visceral feeling of trauma at being separated from my baby and I immediately burst into tears.

"For a long time I did not feel I had any closure - I had no baby pictures or scans and no records."

She says it would have made a huge difference if all the available options had been explained to her clearly at the time.

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