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.

Chief executive Cathy Warwick was speaking after it emerged almost half of women who suffer a miscarriage have to wait 24 hours for a scan to see if their baby is still alive.

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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