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# Miscarriage

Last year
# Healthcare
Department of Health to be asked to consider certificates commemorating early pregnancy losses
Currently, there is no provision to recognise the loss of an unborn child before 24 weeks of pregnancy.
All time
# Lancet
'This is not good enough': Experts call for comprehensive reform of miscarriage care and treatment
The authors of a UK report recommend at least a minimum service to all women who have had a miscarriage.
# bereavement allowance
New Zealand grants automatic paid leave after miscarriage
The bereavement allowance gives employees three days’ leave when a pregnancy ends with a stillbirth.
Opinion: 'I felt forgotten by NPHET and Government as I miscarried alone in hospital'
Clare Cullen describes her experience of miscarriage in a hospital without her husband, due to Covid restrictions.
# New York Times
Meghan Markle reveals 'unbearable grief' of miscarriage
Markle said in an article for the New York Times that she lost her second child in July.
My miscarriage: 'I kept hoping mine would be one of those miracle stories, where the baby would survive'
Kitty Maguire works with a lot of women who have suffered miscarriages. Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and until now, Kitty hadn’t written about her own loss.
# The Late Late Show
Many people relate to my story of miscarriage, says Andrea Corr
The Corrs musician was speaking on the Late Late Show last night.
Opinion: Miscarriages are part of nature - so why is the subject still such a taboo?
It is difficult going through a miscarriage with all the confused emotions that brings, without being censored too, writes Darragh Quinn.
# Eighth Amendment
Savita Halappanavar: Her tragic death and how she became part of Ireland's abortion debate
Her name and face are known the country over. She left a mark on Ireland, its medical care and its laws.
# Labour Court
Woman who was unfairly dismissed after suffering miscarriage awarded €17k
The company argued that it had not unfairly dismissed the woman as it was unaware at the time of dismissal of her pregnancy.
Mother on miscarriage: 'I felt like a failure. I didn’t protect my babies. My body had let us down.'
Holding the tiny body in the palm of my hands, counting perfectly formed fingers, looking into eyes that would never see, my heart broke into a million pieces, writes Ethna Quirke.
# Speaking out
'It's still a taboo subject in Ireland': Kathryn Thomas spoke about her miscarriages on the Late Late last night
When Thomas suffered her second miscarriage at the six-week mark again, it hit her like “a tonne of bricks” she said.
'He confirmed what I had known for hours - there was no heartbeat'
One reader tells us her story about having a miscarriage, to encourage others to talk about an issue which ends one in four pregnancies.
'It was the loneliest time of my life': Readers share their experiences of miscarriage
Eight women who all feel that miscarriage needs to be spoken about more.
# Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon opens up about miscarriage in hope of 'breaking taboo'
The Scottish First Minister said she wanted to challenge assumptions and judgements that are made about women who don’t have children.
# moral dilemma?
"In theory you could do anything you wanted with a human embryo in Ireland"
A new, controversial embryo-growth breakthrough could help science in the study of infertility. However, fears abound that the research breaches ethical guidelines.
'I'm sorry, there's no heartbeat': I thought it was my fault we lost our babies
Losing a baby through miscarriage, especially in your first trimester, is a very peculiar and isolated kind of grief. All I wanted was for people to acknowledge our loss and say ‘I am sorry ’.
# invasive questions
'I make people feel uncomfortable when I tell them I had a miscarriage, but I'm OK with that'
Broadcaster Sarina Bellissimo was speaking about the pressures she faced after experiencing a miscarriage.
# Video Blog
Couple from viral pregnancy video tearfully announce wife's miscarriage
In their viral video, Sam surprised Nia about her pregnancy.
# Abortion
17 women remain imprisoned in El Salvador for miscarrying their babies
The country has one of the toughest anti-abortion laws in the world.
Column: In El Salvador, a total ban on abortion has led to death and decades of imprisonment
In El Salvador, one of only nine countries in the world that has a total ban on abortion, suicide accounts for 57% of all deaths of pregnant girls aged under 19.
# support needed
'I got a feeling looking at my new baby that he'd be better off without me'
42,000 women in Ireland are diagnosed each year with a mental health illness and emotional trauma surrounding pregnancy and childbirth.
# Tribunal
Worker awarded €80k for being told her job no longer existed after maternity leave
The Equality Tribunal said Lisa Mullen was subjected to a “range of unlawful treatment and comments” by her employer.
# Alcohol
Quarter of miscarriages "could be prevented" by lifestyle changes
A study of pregnancies in Denmark found that alcohol consumption was a factor in 1 in 10 miscarriages.
# Fertility
Study ties chemical to possible miscarriage risk
The study is not cause for alarm, but “it’s far from reassuring that BPA is safe” for women, said leading fertility doctor.
# MaternityIre
Ireland’s women share their stories of pregnancy, birth and miscarriage
Recent events has women opening up about their negative experiences of Irish maternity hospitals.
Column: The debates on abortion in the Dail won't change the reality Irish women face every day
Politicians philosophising within the walls of the Dail might have felt like they were doing something important – but restricting abortion doesn’t stop it from happening: it simply makes it an issue of economic inequality, writes Nick Beard.
Column: Is society finally able to recognise the pain of a miscarriage?
Until recent years, miscarriage was not something that was spoken about: it was simply brushed under the carpet. But couples should not be afraid to be open about their grief – talking will help them to heal, writes Deirdre Pierce-McDonnell.
Column: Every miscarriage is a loss, and I still think of my children that never got here
Each of my miscarriages were different experiences, but they’ve all had a lasting affect on my life, writes an anonymous contributor.
# savita
Savita report 'hard-hitting, straight and doesn't pull any punches'
The HSE’s clinical review report is due to be published this afternoon.
# savita
The Savita Halappanavar inquest verdict will influence Ireland
From Medical Council guidelines to possible legislation, is Savita the X Case of this generation?
# Savita Halappanavar
Timeline: a death that shocked a family, a hospital and a country
Savita Halappanavar’s death has impacted a nation and made ripples across the globe.
# Savita Halappanavar
Praveen still asking how the life of his vibrant young wife 'ebbed away'
The widower looks ahead as he continues in his pursuit for the full truth about Savita’s death.
# savita
Praveen Halappanavar: ‘Savita’s treatment was horrendous, barbaric and inhumane’
Mr Halappanavar said he has a responsibility to Savita and her family “to get to the bottom of the truth”.
# savita
Savita inquest to resume today
It is expected that two witnesses who spoke last week and who were recalled will speak today.
# savita
Inquest into Savita death enters fourth day
Proceedings are due to resume at 10am this morning.
# savita
Doctor to be cross-examined on third day of Savita inquest
Consultant obstetrician Dr Katherine Astbury who treated Savita will be questioned over whether she referred to Ireland’s Catholic ethos when she refused to terminate her pregnancy.
# Pregnancy
Robotic surgery helps Cork mother in second successful birth
The complex procedure performed before pregnancy helps women who have a weak cervix to carry to full term.
Aaron McKenna: As usual, Ireland only acts when we’re shamed into it
The death of Savita Halappanavar shows once again that we delay proper action until an international outcry forces our hand.
# savita
Father of Savita Halappanavar 'calls for change in abortion law'
Andanappa Yalagi spoke to the media about his daughter’s tragic death, and said he intends on taking legal action against the hospital in which Savita died.