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Half of women who miscarry wait 24 hours or more for a scan, says report

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Almost half of women (46%) had to wait over 24 hours for a scan to determine if their baby was alive, according to a new report.

The survey of 1,065 women published today by UK parenting website, Mumsnet, hopes to reveal that the treatment and support women receive during miscarriages fails to meet their needs and official national guidelines.

It found that one in five (18%) women waited longer than three days for a scan and almost half (47%) were treated alongside women with ongoing pregnancies.

One woman surveyed said, "I sat with other ladies who were still pregnant and waiting for scans… seeing their happy faces tore me apart".

The results also showed a third (31%) of those who miscarried at home following a scan were not offered any or adequate pain relief and while 56% of respondents wanted further medical care, only 26% were offered it.

When asked about counselling, 58% of respondents said they wanted it, but only 12% were offered it. "I had to wait six months to get counselling and lost six months of my life as I was not coping with the loss," commented one woman who took the survey.

Mumsnet reports around one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage in the UK every year, which is around a quarter of a million women.

Justine Roberts, Founder of Mumsnet, said, "There’s no escaping the pain of a miscarriage, but for this to be compounded by lack of treatment, pain relief, good care or just plain human kindness is completely unacceptable. We are calling on the three main parties to include a pledge in their manifestos to improve miscarriage care, based on the principles in our code."

Following the survey results, the website is asking the Secretary of State for Health, the shadow Health Minister and the junior Health Minister to commit to improve miscarriage care during the lifetime of the next parliament.

(Images: Rex Features)

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