Miscarriage is hard. And common. In fact up to 15% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, often because the baby develops improperly. Very frequently miscarriage starts before you have even seen a care provider. As a consequence, many women feel like they are uncertain what to do, particularly if they don’t have an established provider, are new to town, or found their previous pregnancy care lacking. “Do I just wait to see if my body does it on its own? What do I do if I start bleeding a lot, or if I just don’t pass anything?” However, most do not need emergency care, which is expensive, and doesn’t provide continuity through a miscarriage process.
Receive Nurturing Care
At Thrive Midwives, women receive miscarriage care and support in a nurturing environment. For instance, you will be cared for by one provider who knows your story and is on call for you 24/7. We have ultrasound for those >8wks, lab capabilities, and can write prescriptions that may be needed as you go through this difficult journey. We also have relationships with area obstetricians should you need or desire a D&C.
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Some women have a history of recurrent miscarriage. About 10-20% of women with recurrent loss have a detectable disorder that may be contributing to miscarriage risk. We will provide you with a thorough assessment and offer lab testing based on your history. Genetic counseling may be in order. At Thrive we can refer you for that service as well as counseling and/or local supports groups. https://www.phawellness.com/miscarriage/
Options for Miscarriage Management
Options for miscarriage management depend on how many weeks pregnant you are. They include waiting for your body to pass the pregnancy, taking medication to hasten the process, or surgery to remove the pregnancy from your uterus. Every family differs in terms of what they prefer. During your appointment, you are given ample time to discuss these options, including the risks and benefits of each, and have your questions answered. Whatever you choose, you don’t have to do it alone. And we are here to help. http://thrivemidwives.com/contact/