Impact of Miscarriage on Women, Their Partners, and Marital Relationships

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For centuries there has been a medical epidemic that has plagued expecting mothers around the world. Considered for so long to be simply a woman’s issue, men remained unconcerned and distant—if they even knew as often they were never told. Most everyone has heard whispers of it, but until recent years the medical and psychological communities did not recognize the lasting implications of this occurrence. Now as couples break historical norms and become more egalitarian-based, this issue is one that not only affects women, but their partners also.
Miscarriage, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “a [medical] condition in which a pregnancy ends too early and does not result in the birth of a live baby.” This condition is also called spontaneous abortion in some communities, mostly healthcare settings, which defines the occurrence as the “spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus before it is viable and especially between the 12th and 28th weeks of gestation” (Medical Dictionary’s online dictionary, n.d.). It is important to note the time frame provided within the medical dictionary. Miscarriage after 28 weeks is most often referred to as fetal death. On the earlier end of the range, 12 weeks, many women have just become aware of their pregnancy around six to eight weeks. For years this lead many professionals to believe that the woman would remain not only physically intact, but also mentally and emotionally because they were never able to form an attachment with the developing baby.
These ideas lead to another issue in considering the lasting effects of the miscarriage. Due to the fact that women may not have had knowledge of their pregnancy or were expected to not have lasting effects their male p...

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