Almost half who miscarry 'have to wait 24 hours for a scan'

Some 46% of prospective mothers who suffer a miscarriage are forced to wait 24 hours for a scan to determine if their baby is still alive, according to a survey from Mumsnet.

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Miscarriage care needs 'empathetic communication'

Women who miscarry need "kind, compassionate and empathetic communication" from the doctors and nurses looking after them, the head of the Royal College of Midwives has said.

Midwives and other health professionals have an important role to play in supporting women and families through the physical and psychological impact of miscarriage.

Kind, compassionate and empathetic communication around care and treatment is an essential step to support families.

It is particularly important that there is effective communication between the hospital, GP and midwife to provide ongoing support or advice, as needed.

– Cathy Warwick

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Over half of miscarriage patients 'wanted further care'

  • Some 56% of women who had gone through a miscarriage wanted further medical care, according to figures from Mumsnet.
  • However, only 26% were offered it.
  • Of women who miscarried at home following a scan, 15% felt they had the right support, information and pain relief to manage.
  • Most would-be mums did not talk about their miscarriage - only 23% told their friends about their care.
  • Only 13% spoke of their experience to wider family.

Call for better care for women suffering miscarriages

Almost half of women who suffer a miscarriage have to wait 24 hours for a scan to see if their baby is still alive, according to data from Mumsnet.

Only 12% of the women who miscarried were offered counselling, according to Mumsnet. Credit: PA

The parenting website said the slow response from healthcare staff showed a lack of "human kindness" and wants all political parties to address it in their 2015 manifesto.

The survey of 1,065 women who had miscarried found 46% of them had to wait over 24 hours for a scan to determine if their baby was still alive, with 18% waiting longer than three days.

It found 47% of the women were treated alongside women with ongoing pregnancies, and 58% of women wanted counselling, but only 12% were offered it.

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