These women mobilize for better care after a miscarriage


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«
A miscarriage happens on its own

‘ says Sandra, determined to lift the taboo. More and more women are mobilizing to speak out about what they have sometimes experienced as torture and to demand better care.

In the media and on social networks, anonymous people and personalities witnessed their miscarriage, often synonymous with suffering and loneliness: Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, in a column in the New York Times at the end of 2020, the singer Beyoncé or Michelle Obama in hers autobiography”
Will

».

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«
A miscarriage is experienced simply because the subject does not exist in our society

“, explains to AFP Sandra Lorenzo, whose one of the pregnancies ended in the eighth week. “
I was sad, angry, I didn’t understand, it was really hard to digest

‘ says the thirty-something, who published in February’
A miscarriage like any other

(first editions).

She is an activist in a collective bringing together authors of books and podcasts on the subject to better inform young people in school biology classes and the general public through a national campaign.

Women should also benefit from reimbursed psychological follow-up care and special leave such as that offered in New Zealand, these signatories add to a column published in Le Monde at the end of March.

15% of pregnancies end in miscarriage

According to a 2021 report in the medical journal The Lancet, around 15% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. It most commonly occurs during the first trimester. In France, at least 150,000 women are affected every year.

Advances in medicine have made it possible to understand that a miscarriage ends an unprofitable pregnancy and have made it possible to limit the health risks for women, she adds. “
So we left it to the women to take care of it themselves

».

When a woman in France has a miscarriage, the protocol is as follows, explains Cyrille Huchon, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Lariboisière hospital in Paris: the doctor checks whether the pregnancy has stopped, then the patient chooses between the possibility that to allow the expulsion process to end naturally or to undergo medical treatment or surgery.

“The training has evolved over the past ten years”

In the social networks, women denounce embarrassing statements by the nursing staff. As a doctor internally indicating during an emergency room ultrasound, “
it will be expelled

in front of the patient.

It’s an accusation
recurring

» acknowledges Professor Huchon. But “
Young carers are more aware of how to avoid these kinds of remarks, training has evolved over the past decade

».

There are also special training courses on miscarriages. Professionals “need to be able to inform women simply and concisely that you can experience a miscarriage, that you can experience it quite well, not so well, or very badly,” says Nathalie Lancelin-Huin, a psychologist specializing in perinatal life, of the has been conducting training for 15 years.

The reaction depends on each individual, on their desire to have children and their investment in pregnancy. Crying, insomnia, feeling guilty or being overwhelmed: “All of this is normal. But if it lasts, you have to take care of it and not be left alone,” says the psychologist.

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