Health professionals severely underestimate the grief felt by a couple after a miscarriage, a study has found.
A team of psychologists looked at the level of grief and trauma couples felt after going through a miscarriage. Only one-third of women, and even fewer men, were ever asked by health professionals how they were coping. The report was published in the British Journal of Medical Psychology.
It said: “Miscarriage can no longer be regarded as a minor matter by either health professionals or the lay community.
“Findings indicate that there is a need for health professionals to legitimise the grief of both women and partners and where appropriate offering counselling or referral.
“After a miscarriage the father’s feelings are rarely given consideration because of the assumption they do not bond with the unborn child.”
Around 25% of couples deal with a miscarriage quickly but many have feelings of loss up to four months later.