AbstractWhy did this happen to me? How can I prevent this from happening again? Will I ever be able to carry a fetus to term? These are probably the most common questions asked by women who experience a pregnancy loss (Lerner, 2003). I asked myself these same questions when I delivered a stillborn baby at 23 weeks gestation. With the help of Dr. Henry M. Lerner, M.D., OB/GYN and Dr. Rochelle Friedman, M.D., I hope to answer these and many other questions relating to the loss of a pregnancy through miscarriage and stillbirth. Great respect is paid to the emotional pain of miscarriage and stillbirth.
Miscarriage and Stillbirth:Facts About Pregnancy Loss, Grieving, and RecoveringTermination of a pregnancy is a heartbreaking experience for any person. Understanding possible causes and treatment options, as well as what to expect for the future, is sometimes of great help. Understanding the grieving process is a big part of recovery.
It can also be useful to know what to expect during the process by which the fetus is expelled, and how to cope with subsequent pregnancies.
Miscarriage is the loss of pregnancy without obvious cause before the 20th week gestation. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), about 15% of known pregnancies end this way. Miscarriage is a relatively common experience accounting for about 50-60% of terminations (Linden, 2005). However, that does make it any easier to endure. Ending a pregnancy without a baby to hold in your arms is heartbreaking. Take a step toward emotional healing by understanding what can cause a miscarriage, what increases the risk and what medical care might be needed.
Some studies have shown that another 50% of pregnancies are terminated before the woman even misses a menstrual period, as the fertilized egg does not implant...