Recurrent Miscarriage ‐ Outcome After Supportive Care in Early Pregnancy

HS Liddell et al, ANZJOG, 1991, Vol 31, 4, 320 -322
Australia New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynxecology

Emotional support and supervision in early pregnancies of women with a history of miscarriage appears to reduce risk of subsequent miscarriage.

Summary: One hundred and thirty three couples were investigated at a recurrent miscarriage clinic In their next pregnancy 42 women (Group 1) with unexplained recurrent miscarriage were managed with a programme of formal emotional support and close supervision at an early pregnancy clinic Two women were seen in 2 pregnancies (44 supervised pregnancies); 86% (38 of 44) of these pregnancies were successful. Four of the 6 miscarriages had an identifiable causal factor. Nine women (Group 2), also with unexplained recurrent miscarriage, acted as a control group. After initial investigation they were reassured and returned to the care of their family practitioner and did not receive formal supportive care in their subsequent pregnancy; 33% (3 of 9) of these pregnancies were successful (p = 0.005; Fishers Exact Test). Whilst acknowledging that there is a significant spontaneous cure rate in this condition, emotional support seems to be important in the prevention of unexplained recurrent miscarriage, giving results as good as any currently accepted therapy.