Miscarriage Book

Mayo Clinic Press
October 2021
Miscarriage book cover
“[A] comprehensive and comforting debut… Her gentle yet precise language will be a balm.”  Publishers Weekly

Miscarriage affects almost 1 million people every year in the United States and doesn’t discriminate. Yet each person experiencing the loss of a pregnancy often feels alone, full of questions about the process and the aftermath. And today’s healthcare system is simply not designed to shepherd a patient and their family through the loss with the information and understanding they need. Patients need an experienced hand to help them through one of the most painful experiences of their lives. This book is that guide.

Your Guide to Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss takes you through the journey of miscarriage diagnosis and treatment. It addresses all types of pregnancy loss, including ones that are not mentioned in the media or by other books. It combines a comprehensive medical approach to miscarriage care with a compassionate exploration of the physical and emotional aftermath of pregnancy loss. Filled with accessible information, frequently asked questions and answers, and methods for coping, the book empowers people undergoing pregnancy loss to take control over their experience and provides hope for their future pregnancy efforts.

Part One. Preparing

  • Understanding Miscarriage: Why Did This Happen?
  • Getting the Diagnosis
  • Choosing Your Path: Options for Treatment

Part Two. Experiencing

  • First-, Second-, and Third-Trimester Miscarriage
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Ectopic and Molar Pregnancy
  • Termination for Maternal Health or Fetal Anomalies
  • Ambivalence and Loss

Part Three. Healing

  • What to Expect When You’re No Longer Expecting
  • Managing Grief
  • Everyone Else
  • Ways to Remember
  • Getting Pregnant Again
discussion with your doctor

The book includes lists of questions at the end of each chapter, that can help you start a conversation with your doctor about what lies ahead for you. Every miscarriage is different, but there are similarities to patients’ experiences for every type of miscarriage.

Dr. Kate’s Experience

Throughout the book, I share my own experiences of miscarriage—a traumatic stillbirth at 29 weeks and a first-trimester loss at 5 weeks. I hope that my stories validate your feelings, and make you feel a little less alone.

resources & glossary

Find resources including contact information for pregnancy loss organizations; books about pregnancy loss and grieving; links to articles that discuss pregnancy loss; and a glossary for every medical term used in the book.

You are not alone—a legion of others, including me, have walked this path before you, and our experiences can guide you along your way.

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