Reviewing the website

We are delighted to read the recent review of this website in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, the in-house journal of the Royal College of Obstetricians and gynaecologists (RCOG).

As you can see by clicking on the link below, the reviewers  – a consultant gynaecologist and an O&G trainee – give it a 4/5 star rating, describing it as ‘highly user-friendly with information accessible to to all users’  and ‘an excellent resource’.

Miscarriage Association

We’re not resting on our laurels, though.  The TOG review is published just as we are doing our own major review of the website, with two main aims:

  • to ensure that it provides clear, accurate and relevant information, along with helpful sources of support and
  • to make it as easy as possible for people to find what they are looking for.

We don’t need to tell you how distressing pregnancy loss can be.  We want to make sure that this website – and everything we do – helps you through the most difficult of times in the best possible way.


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Talking about miscarriage

When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife were expecting a daughter, he also revealed that they had had three miscarriages.

“It’s a lonely experience”, he said, but “we hope that sharing [it] …will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories as well.”

In the hours and days that followed, not only did Mark’s post receive many thousands of responses, but it also sparked public discussion and debate on television, radio, the press and online:

Why is miscarriage a taboo?  Is it the same outside the Western World?  Are men’s needs and feelings ignored?  Should we be talking more about miscarriage?  Or is it something personal and private?

Above all, we have seen the conversations spark other conversations, both in the print and broadcast media and online.  Individuals have taken the opportunity to share their own reflections.  And on social media – and perhaps in smaller, more private circles too – the discussion continues.

Facebook page screenshot

People really are talking about miscarriage, reducing the sense of taboo and, we hope, making it easier for those going through it to find the support and understanding they need.

Here are just some of the recent conversations:

BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire programme featured M.A. ambassadors Matthew Burton and Nigel Martyn and media volunteer Emma Benjamin.

The BBC World Service discussed whether culture plays a part (36 mins 47 secs in).

Rob Kemp in the Telegraph and Julia Hartley-Brewer in the Independent both considered men and miscarriage.

The Huffington Post published a piece actually written some days before Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement.

Matthew Burton spoke to BBC London (26 minutes in)

And we had comment too from Australia.


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Share your thoughts in the 2015 NHS Maternity Review

As we know from our helpline and online groups, the care that an individual receives from healthcare professionals before, during and following on from a pregnancy loss, can have a really significant impact on their overall experience. That’s why we’re encouraging our supporters thoughout England to get involved in the current NHS Maternity Review.

The Review team will be visiting venues across England to discuss maternity care with women, their families and other interested parties. Very often these discussions focus on labour and birth, while the voices of those who’ve experienced miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy go unheard. Whether you had a positive experience with a midwife, GP, hospital department or Early Pregnancy Unit, or whether you feel there were things that could have been improved, your input can help influence how these services are delivered in the future.

You can find more information about the review, and the dates that they will be in various venues, in the image below. For more information, contact

NHS Maternity Review Invite

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Finding support

If you’re seeking support after pregnancy loss, it can be hard to know just what it is that you’re looking for, or what might help.

Is it professional counselling you want – and if so, how do you find the right person?

Is it just a listening ear – and if so, would you rather it is face to face or over the phone?

Maybe you’d rather meet others who have been through something similar, whether that’s in a support group or online.  Or perhaps you’d rather find your support by reading other people’s stories and experiences.

We tell you here about the different ways in which the Miscarriage Association can help.

And elsewhere on this site, especially in our support section, there is a whole range of resources that we hope will help you through.



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Molar pregnancy: facts and feelings

Molar pregnancy (also known as hydatidiform mole) can be a very distressing experience. It’s also a type of pregnancy loss that most people have never heard of, so it can be difficult to get the information and support you need.

“My doctor didn’t seem to know what hydatidiform mole was. I looked it up on the Internet and nearly scared myself witless.”

We explain here about what molar pregnancy is, how it is diagnosed,  treated and followed up.  We also talk about the impact molar pregnancy can have on women and their partners.

We have a leaflet with more detailed information about molar pregnancy.

And Jade shares her story here.  Jade’s miscarriage turned out to be a molar pregnancy – something she, like most people, had never heard of.  Like us, Jade wants to raise awareness of molar pregnancy so that people don’t have to feel frightened, alone and unsupported.

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New resources for young people

“People said it was lucky really. I don’t know how to deal with that.”

Last year, we spoke to young people who had experienced miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.  They told us that they wanted more information and support.

YP Cartoon People said it was lucky

We’re pleased to launch a range of new resources based on their recommendations, all of which can be found here.

We’ve created an illustrated leaflet, which reflects the experiences and needs that young women reported.  We’re encouraging schools, clinics, surgeries and hospitals to stock and provide it.

YP leaflet

We’ve created a series of short films and a collection of written pieces in which young women share their stories. We hope these will help other young people feel less isolated and more able to make sense of their own experience.

We’ve created an infographic about what happens when someone calls our helpline. We hope that this will help young people feel more confident about getting in touch with us.

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We’ve added a new page offering suggestions to make talking about miscarriage easier. We hope this page will be useful for all women and their partners.


Please do share these resources as widely as you can so that young people affected by pregnancy loss can find the support and information that they need.


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Good luck!

Our very best wishes to three intrepid fundraisers , all doing endurance events this weekend to raise funds for the Miscarriage Association.

Richard Cheney has already set off on his 220 mile single-day cycle ride from Carmarthen to Portsmouth, which will take him through 2 countries, around 7000 feet of climbing and 15-20 hours of cycling.

Richard Cheney garmin

Nia Moss is doing The Mumbles Triathlon. She’ll be swimming across Mumbles Bay, cycling along the famous Gower Roads and then running along the Mumbles Bay shoreline.

And Cheryl Candlish is doing the Scottish Tough Mudder. Set in the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle, it’s described by the organisers as “Lung busting hills, ice cold lochs and strength sapping mud … a brutal test for the most seasoned Legionnaire and a baptism of fire for first time Mudders.”

Good luck to all of you!


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PRISM: A new research trial

Bleeding or spotting in pregnancy can be very frightening.

Most women and their partners will fear that it signals miscarriage (or ectopic or molar pregnancy) and many will want to have an ultrasound scan as soon as possible.

Even if the scan shows that the pregnancy is continuing, many still worry that it may not survive – and sadly, that may be the case.  It’s understandable, therefore, that some women look for treatments that might make a difference at this crucial time.

The PRISM trial is a new research study which is looking at whether progesterone can prevent miscarriage in women with early pregnancy bleeding.  The researchers are recruiting women who:

  • are aged 16 – 39
  • are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and are having vaginal spotting or bleeding
  • have had a scan which shows an ongoing pregnancy
  • are willing to be selected at random to have either the treatment or a placebo, without knowing which they are given.

You can find more information about the PRISM trial here.

The trial will recruit women from centres across the UK (England and Scotland). The following hospitals are currently recruiting patients:

  • Birmingham Women’s Hospital
  • Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
  • Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London
  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital

A number of other centres will open very soon – for further information please refer to the trial website.

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Developing resources for young people

Our new resources for young people are almost ready to launch!

New resourcesIn fact, we shared some of them with delegates at Primary Care two weeks ago: midwives, school nurses, GPs and others and they liked what they saw.

You can see what we have so far here, thanks to great work from Clare, Rob and all the young people who are helping us develop these pages.

In the next two weeks, we will add a further three videos and then we’ll start working to let as many people as possible know what’s available here.

Watch this space!


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“Labour of Love” exhibition (21-26 May)

In a startlingly original exhibition coming up at The Camden Image Gallery in May, artist Andrew Foster celebrates the life of his three unborn children.

Labour of Love is Foster’s celebration of the lives of the three children he lost through miscarriage. The powerful imagery is extensive and includes a massive 75 foot scroll painting, ‘”Pain will not have the last word” along with inflatable sculptures that also reflect miscarriage.

“I want to challenge the perception that miscarriage happens only to women”, says Foster, an award winning artist, father of two and Senior Lecturer, B.A (hons) Graphics & Illustration, Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts.

The work is not sentimental or depressing but has an authenticity, integrity and a tenderness that breaks down the perception of who experiences miscarriage. It will provoke the viewer with its joyous aesthetics and challenging content. Both men and women will be moved by the imagery that celebrates the everyday experiences of fatherhood.

The exhibition is being held in collaboration with UK charity the Miscarriage Association, as part of its Partners Too campaign.

Camden Image Gallery
174 Royal College Street
Camden, London, NW1 0SP

Thursday 21st – Tuesday 26th May. Opening hours 12 – 7pm daily.

Labour of Love flyer

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