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The Q & A Sheet

The Mysterious Miscarriage Sisterhood Quiz

2007 Copyright The Mysterious Miscarriage Sisterhood

 

1) How many children are lost to miscarriages each year in the United States?

The pastoral implication is that “an estimated 15 percent of all known pregnancies end in a miscarriage.” The key word is known.

Stephenson, Joan, "Miscarriage Clue?" JAMA, February 2004.

 

“About 15 percent of recognized pregnancies end in a miscarriage.” Again, the key word is recognized.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, "Management of Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss," ACOG Practice Bulletin, February 2001.

 

The answer is amazing. “As many as 50 percent of all pregnancies may end in miscarriage, because many losses occur before a woman realizes she is pregnant.”

March of Dimes, http://www.marchofdimes.com/professional/681_1192.asp.

 

The words known and recognized are representing the medical documentation of a pregnancy test and/or ultrasound confirming a pregnancy to the ultrasound confirming the pregnancy loss and/or a miscarried baby and tissue brought in for DNA testing.

“According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 6.1 million Americans presently experience infertility (which represent 10% of all the childbearing population). Additionally, 25% of women of childbearing age will experience a miscarriage and 1 of 80 pregnancies will end in still birth. It is an epidemic and widespread. And yet it remains a topic that North American public discourse continues to address only in cold clinical terms, if at all.”

Hope Deferred: Theological Reflections on Reproductive Loss, Infertility, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth," Modern Theology, April 2001.

 

The answer is as many as 2 million pregnancies end in a miscarriage each year in the United States of America.

 

 

2) How does postpartum depression following a miscarriage compare to postpartum after a live birth?

“Women that suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth are at higher risk for postpartum depression. Just as women that have already suffered from depression have double the risk for depression after a live birth.”

Miller, Laura, "Postpartum Depression," JAMA, February 2002.

 

“The hormonal adjustments of the woman’s body are not measured or treated. She is simply sent home and told she’s all right (after a miscarriage). In weeks of her pregnancy, her frequent edginess and/or crying made sense; they were symptoms of the pregnancy, of the physical changes in her body. She is undergoing postpartum physical and emotional response, but there is no child to balance the loss of the pregnancy.”

Hunt, Swanee, "Pastoral Care and Miscarriage: A Ministry Long Neglected,” Pastoral Psychology, Summer 1984.