About 1 in 4 pregnancies end in early pregnancy loss, also known as miscarriage. When a pregnancy starts, cells divide fast to make an embryo, and sometimes errors occur. Your body notices this, and the pregnancy stops growing. It is almost never because of something you did.
At the Reproductive Health Access Project, we believe that everyone should have access to high-quality, patient centered care within their own communities. If you’re experiencing early pregnancy loss, what would that look like?
Research has shown that patients are more likely to receive the care they deserve if they engage with clinicians about the best treatment options. All too often, early pregnancy loss is treated in the ER, when in reality, your family doctor, or a primary care clinician can provide the care you need.
That’s why we’re committed to improving access to all forms of early pregnancy loss care within primary care. Evidence-based, dignified treatment for early pregnancy loss includes three options: expectant, medication management, and uterine aspiration.
Through our research, clinical resources, and the Miscarriage Care Initiative, we work closely with family physicians and other primary care clinicians to ensure that they have the tools and resources to offer all three options to their patients. Please take a moment to check out our miscarriage management resources.
October 15 marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and you can learn more here. We know that early pregnancy and infant loss can be a very difficult time, and there is support available. First Candle is a great resource for grieving families, and they have a toll-free 24/7 hotline for anyone to call: 1-800-221-7437
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