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Miscarriage/Pregnancy Loss



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Resources on Recurrent Miscarriage

Where to Start for Information on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss/Miscarriage:

It is amazing to me how little good information is available on recurrent miscarriages. Partly this is because there is no medical specialty in miscarriage prevention and treatment. As a result there is little research into miscarriages. I've included the best resources I could find, even though there aren't many. I am not a doctor, but from the research I've done, if you have had repeated miscarriages, I would recommend that you first have a chromosomal analysis done on the aborted/terminated fetus. If the test results show that the fetus was chromosomally normal, then I would suggest trying to find a clinic or doctor that specializes in miscarriages. (See below) You may need to send your test results to a clinic in another state since miscarriage specialist are few and far between. If the test results show a chromosonal abnormality, I would suggest seeing an reproductive endocrinologist that treats a lot of woman with repeated miscarriages. She may recommend that you simply keep trying or she may talk with you about using preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) with IVF. (See resources I have for PGD under Infertility Resources)

In the meantime, the following statistic should give you some peace: 70% of woman that have had up to four miscarriages will successfully carry a baby to term.


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Books, Articles, and Other Information on Recurrent Miscarriage :

  • The best educational book I've seen on miscarriages is: Coming to Term: Uncovering the Truth about Miscarriage by Jon Cohen. I loved this book. Cohen succeeded to make a dry, sad topic interesting. It is exceedingly well written and informative. Cohen, a biomedical journalist whose wife suffered four miscarriages, is thorough and researched based. I strongly recommend reading this book if you have suffered more than two miscarriages.
  • Miscarriage clinics: I was amazed to learn how few doctors specialize in pregnancy loss. Finding a doctor may be a problem, but there are a few that specialize in miscarriage. If you are not located near one of these clinics, consider contacting them for a recommendation or to find out if you can send your medical information to them for a telephone consult.
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Program at the University of Chicago Medical Center- headed by Dr. Mary Stephenson
  • Dr. Danny Schust used to run a miscarriage clinic at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He moved to the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he is the Director of the Assisted Reproduction Laboratories.
  • Save the Baby Unit at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, England headed by Dr. Lesley Regan- I know this is a long way to go, but it is one of the best and perhaps you can get a consult.
  • Patient fact sheet on recurrent pregnancy loss put out by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • How to deal with the loss of a miscarriage, by Devorah Kur

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