We at Midwifery Care NYC are so sorry that you are going through a miscarriage. Miscarriage is a significant loss that is often accompanied by emotional and physical symptoms. MCNYC will support you to the best of our abilities.
The conclusion of miscarriage can occur in the following three ways:
- At home, without medication
- At home, with the assistance of medication
- In a hospital, with a dilation and curette (D&C)
If you should choose to let your baby pass at home, please let us know if you would like to follow up with a sonogram. A sonogram is medically recommended—MCNYC can provide a referral.
The links and excerpts from resources below offer information regarding miscarriage such as what to expect, treatment options, follow-up care, and information on grief and the grieving process. We hope that this will help you and your partner.
“Few understand the impact miscarriage, stillbirth, and child loss can have on a woman. With support from experts and other women, you can move forward with greater strength.”
“An estimated 15 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, the loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. The actual number is likely higher, because many miscarriages occur very early on, before a woman knows she is pregnant, and may simply seem to be a heavy period on or near schedule.”
“Most miscarriages begin in places away from hospital. Like all births, miscarrying can take anywhere from under an hour to days or even weeks to unfold fully (see ‘Types of Miscarriage’). Miscarrying is a natural process and happens when a baby hasn’t formed completely. Unlike most of us who have experienced it, medically, miscarriage is considered a minor event, not necessarily requiring professional monitoring. Being checked out afterward though is a necessity.
Except for the timing, the miscarriage process usually happens in the same way. A fast miscarriage can be really shocking and frightening once the process begins to happen. If it is your first pregnancy and you have no idea what to expect it can be especially frightening. Pain can quite quickly reach a level beyond anything you have experienced before (each person’s level of pain is individual). The amount of blood loss may seem too large an amount to survive, however be reassured that miscarriage is very seldom fatal. Although no intervention can save your baby, for your own healthy recovery see the following suggestions.”
“A miscarriage is the loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. The medical term for a miscarriage is spontaneous abortion, but “spontaneous” is the key word here because the condition is not an abortion in the common definition of the term.
According to the March of Dimes, as many as 50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage — most often before a woman misses a menstrual period or even knows she is pregnant. About 15-25% of recognized pregnancies will end in a miscarriage.
More than 80% of miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy. Miscarriages are less likely to occur after 20 weeks gestation; these are termed late miscarriages.”