In addition to medical, nursing and midwifery texts, there are several publications which you may find useful for yourself and your patients.
Miscarriage Association leaflets
We publish a range of leaflets on the facts and feelings of pre-24 week pregnancy loss. One title is produced in several community languages, in bi-lingual format; and another is written in a version for people with reading or learning difficulties and a version for D/deaf people. Another leaflet is designed especially for young people experiencing pregnancy loss.
You might find the following leaflets particularly useful:
- Your miscarriage
- Management of miscarriage: your options
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Molar pregnancy
- Late loss (second trimester miscarriage)
- Your feelings after miscarriage
- Recurrent miscarriage
I liked the use of different colours (green/blue) for each column as they make it easier for the reader to choose which side to read – simple explanation or in more detail.
Information on workplace rights
Many women will appreciate it if you ask if they need a fit note or more information about their rights at work (we have information here). A fit note should certify that the absence is pregnancy-related.
Books about pregnancy loss
The following books are particularly useful guides to caring for patients with pregnancy loss:
- Pregnancy Loss and the Death of a Baby: guidelines for professionals, 4th edition, 2016. Published by SANDS, this is a big book with a lot of detailed content, perhaps best read in stages as you explore different issues.
- Understanding pregnancy loss: perspectives and issues in care, Christine Moulder, Macmillan Press, 1998. Over 20 years since its publication, this book addresses issues which remain current for patients and health professionals.