• Grieving after early pregnancy loss--a common reality.

      Purandare, N; Ryan, G; Ciprike, V; Trevisan, J; Sheehan, J; Geary, M; Rotunda Hospital, Parnell St, Dublin 1. docnikhilp@rediffmail.com (2013-05-24)
      A miscarriage can be very traumatic for a couple and their immediate family. The aim of this study was to assess, using the Perinatal Grief Scale (PGS), whether the type of early pregnancy loss influences the severity of grief and whether the presence of living children influences the severity of grief. Over a period of 6 months in 2008, seventy five patients were recruited for the study, of which 7 (9.3%) had molar pregnancies, 20 (26.7%) had ectopic pregnancies, 43 (573%) had a miscarriage and 5 (6.7%) had recurrent miscarriages. In this study there was no significant difference in severity of grief, between women that had a miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy (p = 0.14) or, between women that had a miscarriage and a molar pregnancy (p = 0.85). Women who had experienced a ectopic pregnancy did not have a higher grief intensity than the women that had a molar pregnancy (p = 0.75). However, for women with a child, the grief intensity significantly increases with the number of miscarriages (p = 0.015). Women with no children with an ectopic pregnancy grieve significantly more than those with a child (p = 0.019). An appointment for the 'Miscarriage Clinic' should be offered to all of these women but special attention should be paid to those in the categories most at risk
    • Platelet reactivity and pregnancy loss.

      Flood, Karen; Peace, Aaron; Kent, Etaoin; Tedesco, Tony; Dicker, Patrick; Geary, Michael; Malone, Fergal D; Kenny, Dermot; Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. (2010-09)
      We sought to critically evaluate platelet function in recurrent miscarriage (RM).