Campaign aims to overcome miscarriage taboos

Women chat in a Berlin cafe. Research shows two-thirds of women were unable to discuss miscarriage with their friends. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

One in four pregnancies ends in a miscarriage — and yet few women can sort through the feelings of guilt, shame, and failure to discuss them openly, according to a new survey of 6,540 women by a research group in England. The nonprofit group Tommy’s released the research Monday as it kicked off its #misCOURAGE campaign, which seeks to raise awareness and funding for research into miscarriage prevention. The group will fund the first research center dedicated to miscarriages in England, set to open in 2016.

In the survey released with the launch, 70 percent of women reported having feelings of guilt, while nearly 80 percent felt like a failure following a miscarriage. One-third of women felt such stress over the miscarriage they were unable to discuss it with their partners, while two-thirds were unable to discuss it with their friends. And part of that shame, according to the authors, comes from a lack of scientific understanding of what causes miscarriages.

“We think that some of the social taboos that surround open discussion of miscarriage are in part the cause of the limited funding and support for research into prevention. Medical science doesn’t fully understand miscarriage which is why funding is so critical,” said Jane Brewin, CEO of the group.

The campaign also features videos with personal testimonies of women who have had miscarriages, and states that it hopes to halve the number of miscarriages by the year 2030 through its research.

Read the full story at Tommy’s.


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