I haven't posted miscarriage news for a while so here are some headlines I've come across recently...
New Studies, Tests, Hope
Study offers hope for women who miscarry
SYDNEY, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Australian doctors confirm that women who miscarry have a significantly reduced level of a protein found in the placenta.
Is this the end for miscarriage heartbreak?
Thousands of women could be spared the heartbreak of miscarriage after a major medical breakthrough.
They could be offered a simple test to see if they are producing enough of a protein which has been linked to development of the placenta.
Protein link gives hope of averting miscarriage
Doctors have confirmed that women who miscarry have a significantly reduced level of a protein found in the placenta, raising hopes of treatment for women who miscarry repeatedly.
Screening for Abnormal Embryos Offers Couples Hope After Heartbreak
After enduring six miscarriages and undergoing six artificial inseminations and two in vitro fertilizations, Kelly Santos, at the age of 35, was dealt the final blow.
"My doctor told me that I would never have a biological child," said Ms. Santos, who lives in Gillette, N.J. The diagnosis was a chromosomal translocation, a mix-up in the arrangement of a few genetic pieces that leads to a high proportion of abnormal embryos and a 90 percent rate of miscarriage.
Contraception & Family Planning | New York Times Examines Debate Over Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
The New York Times on Tuesday examined the debate over preimplantation genetic diagnosis, a technique that allows doctors to identify embryos without genetic defects or chromosomal abnormalities and then implant the embryos most likely to result in a live, healthy infant. PGD is an "increasingly popular way to ensure a healthy pregnancy" for women who have experienced several miscarriages or who are undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment, or for couples who are carriers of a genetic disorder, according to the Times. However, some experts "urge caution" when considering PGD because of a lack of data on the procedure's success and failure rates and long-term health risks for the resulting child, the Times reports.
Study touts early Down syndrome test
Bulletin for mothers-to-be: A new study of nearly 40,000 pregnant women found that the best time to screen a fetus for Down syndrome is at 11 weeks into a pregnancy, rather than in the second trimester.
For well over a decade, the official standard of care has been to perform the blood tests to screen for a possible chromosomal problem at about 15 or 16 weeks into a pregnancy. But in the past several years, Boston's major hospitals and other centers with advanced obstetric care have been offering earlier screens, combined with an early ultrasound scan that can also catch signs of trouble.
New miscarriage warning over smoking
Women whose partners smoke heavily are at a greater risk of having a miscarriage, scientists have warned.
A study found that nearly a third of women whose partners smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day lost their babies within six weeks of conceiving, compared to one fifth whose partners did not smoke.
Stress really can cause miscarriages
Stress really can cause miscarriages despite most doctors dismissing the idea as a myth, according to a study.
Although the cause of the majority of miscarriages is never established, they are usually attributed to foetal abnormalities or health problems in the mother.
Obstetricians generally do not accept that healthy women can lose healthy babies solely because of stress.
And from TIME magazine:
DANISH, NO COFFEE A survey of 88,482 Danish women, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that pregnant women who drank eight or more cups of coffee a day had a risk of stillbirth and miscarriage 59% higher than those who drank none.
Baby joy for fertility expert
A woman who has dedicated her life to helping couples have children proudly shows off her own wonder baby after undergoing treatment to make her "allergic" to her husband.
Embryologist Kathryn Berrisford suffered four miscarriages before her boss at Nottingham's CARE fertility clinic recommended immune therapy to help her become a mother.
TRIPLET THAT SURVIVED A MISCARRIAGE
TINY triplet Janaya Barret survived hidden in the womb after mum Gemma miscarried her other two babies.
Politics of Miscarriage
Facing The Reality Of Choice
I wasn't carrying life, only death, something called a blighted ovum, when I walked into Planned Parenthood. I was 40, the mother of one child; another one was a possibility, but not with this pregnancy.