Misplaced guilt

Miscarriage misconceptions worsen feelings of guilt and shame

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A study published on Monday by the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal found that women who experience miscarriages often have their feelings of guilt and shame amplified by misconceptions of the cause. Based on an online survey of 1,084 people, the researchers found that one-fifth of people believe lifestyle choices cause loss of pregnancies and almost half of those who had a miscarriage feel guilty. Two in five said they felt like they had done something wrong, and the same number of women reported feeling alone. Dr. Zev Williams, one of the researchers and director of the program for early and recurrent pregnancy loss at Albert Einstein University, says the survey shows widespread misconceptions about the prevalence and causes of miscarriage. “Because miscarriage is very common but rarely discussed, many women and couples feel very isolated and alone after suffering a miscarriage. We need to better educate people about miscarriage, which could help reduce the shame and stigma associated with it.” The researchers concluded that women suffering a miscarriage could benefit from further counseling by health care providers, identification of the cause, and revelations from friends and celebrities.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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