Learning resources for health professionals
The kind of care that women or couples receive from their GP, hospital or community staff can make a real difference to how they cope with the experience of pregnancy loss.
Everyone wants good medical care, based on up-to-date knowledge of miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy. But the human aspects of care are also very important. Kindness, understanding, clear information and sensitive language are just some of the ways that doctors, nurses, midwives and sonographers can help people cope with their experience, as you can see from our learning resources.
Most health professionals work hard to provide good and sensitive care – and many of them will have been through pregnancy loss themselves. We work to support those doing good work and to encourage others to adopt better practice.
The NICE guidance on the diagnosis and management of early pregnancy loss stresses the need for health professionals to be trained in providing supportive and sensitive care, breaking bad news and giving clear information.
But limited NHS training budgets, staff time and cover mean that it is increasingly difficult for staff to access training, whether on or off site. Our online learning resources aim to fill some of those gaps and we are very grateful to all those who have contributed to them.
The Miscarriage Association’s learning resources comprise six short films, each of which has its own set of further learning materials. All have been informed by women and their partners who have experienced miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy and by health professionals who care for patients with pregnancy loss.
All these resources are available on our website, free of charge.
We are happy for you to share them as long as you acknowledge the M.A.’s authorship. We also ask that you provide feedback on the resources that you access so that we can develop and improve them over time.
A note of caution All these films include scenes and conversations that viewers might find upsetting, especially if they have been through pregnancy loss themselves. You may prefer just to use the good practice guides alone.
Our learning resources: films and good practice guides
You might also find these additional resources helpful.
We also offer advice and consultancy, in confidence, to individual practitioners, departments and Trusts. Common concerns are management methods, disposal of fetal remains, patient information, terminology and patient pathways.
Please contact us if you think we may be able to help.