After completing this unit you will:
All health professionals working with women experiencing miscarriage may find the experience challenging and upsetting. Try to be aware of your own needs and make sure that there is support for you and your colleagues.
Click to see the challenges that these health professionals mention.
Click on the areas below to see how different health professionals may be affected. Whatever your role, you will find it helpful to look at all these areas.
Being aware of the potential difficulties can help you to be more prepared for some of the emotional challenges facing you as a health professional. These might include your own experiences too, especially if you have been through pregnancy loss yourself or are currently pregnant.
Use the links below to find out more about how you can prepare yourself to manage some of these challenges in a variety of situations.
As a health professional caring for women experiencing a miscarriage, you may feel as if you are walking on egg shells for fear of saying the wrong thing. Remember that this is a positive feeling. It shows that you care and that you really want to get it right for the women you are caring for.
Thank you to the lady who took her time to explain everything on the screen to me and acknowledged my loss.
Your peers may have similar concerns and might also benefit from talking about these issues with you. Good sources of support could:
You might also consider:
Working in this setting can be draining. It’s important to recognise the signs if or when it’s too much and to think about how to then find ways to help yourself. Professional organisations often offer support, such as the BMA – https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/work-life-support/your-wellbeing/sources-of-support.
After my experiences I did a peer teaching session with my colleagues with an emphasis on communication. We concluded that there is no ideal one size fits all explanation or way of expressing condolences in these situations – even a blanket expression of how sorry you are or referring to the baby can be wrong!…