RCM calls for more funding and support for miscarriage care
A consultation on new miscarriage care guidelines by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has been launched this week.
Commenting on the consultation, Dr Mary Ross-Davie, Director for Professional Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, (RCM), said: “Miscarriage is, unfortunately, a very common and often traumatic experience. We have heard too long from too many women that the right care and support has not always been in place for them at this difficult time. Services in this area, like many others around pregnancy and other areas of women’s health, do not have the funding and resources to do this as effectively as they should and that needs to change.
“Unfortunately, some women go on to have more than one miscarriage. It is vital that we do all we possibly can to reduce the chances of miscarriages and recurrent miscarriages happening. The type of service and support for women outlined in this draft guidance should go a long way to address this. Care and research efforts need to be targeted particularly towards those most at risk of miscarriage. For the much-needed improvements in care to be achieved, there is a significant investment in research, education, staffing and service improvement needed If this happens, I hope we can improve the care that women receive when having a miscarriage and prevent more women having to go through the trauma of miscarriage.”
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