This news story appeared in Essentially MIDIRS, September 2014, vol 5, no 8, p 15.
New research from the Miscarriage Association and University College London (UCL) has shown that, following a miscarriage, up to 46% of partners didn’t share all of their feelings with their wife or girlfriend for fear of causing further distress.
These findings have prompted the Miscarriage Association to launch a new campaign, #PartnersToo, to raise awareness of the grief, sadness and anger that they may also experience.
Researchers at UCL conducted in-depth interviews with 160 men and women, and found that 63% said they had not been advised of any support groups or services for people who had experienced miscarriage, and 22% said they felt excluded by health care staff.
A new set of resources have been developed by the Miscarriage Association to support partners, including a number of video clips featuring real-life stories voiced by actors, a series of cartoons illustrating quotes from partners, and a range of leaflets.
Ruth Bender Atik, National Director of the Miscarriage Association, said: “These findings show that partners often feel invisible during and after miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Many keep their real feelings hidden from their wife or girlfriend for fear of saying the wrong thing or causing more distress. Friends and family often ask how the woman who has miscarried is coping, but never think to ask her partner”.
Find out more at http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/partners
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