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5 Misconceptions about miscarriage

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Written by Dr. Susie Kilshaw

Dr. Susie Kilshaw

Dr. Susie Kilshaw is a medical anthropologist specializing in anthropology of reproduction, with a focus on miscarriage. Her research has explored how cultural context impacts the way pregnancy loss is framed, articulated, and experienced in Qatar and the UK. In 2019 she was awarded a Wellcome Trust University Award to continue her research. This has involved fieldwork at an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit, its associated gynecology wards, and the wider community. Susie has previously worked for the NHS as a clinically applied medical anthropologist.

In this guest article, Dr. Susie Kilshaw walks us through the different cultural perceptions of miscarriage and some of the most common misconceptions she’s encountered, including how miscarriage is treated and what the aftermath looks like. It’s important to highlight that miscarriage and pregnancy loss are different for everyone. This article aims to shine a light on the range of experiences, offer a better understanding of miscarriage, and help you reach a position where you feel more adequately prepared. Whether you’ve experienced miscarriage firsthand, know someone who has, or have no experience on the subject, this article is written for you…

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