Dr Sharon Cooley, Consultant Obstetrician and Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, in The Rotunda answers some of the common questions around miscarriage like; what are different types of miscarriage, miscarriage signs and how a miscarriage can be diagnosed.
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In February 2022, The Rotunda Hospital held a Virtual Miscarriage Information Day, with questions submitted by our patients, and answered by our experts and colleagues in partner organisations. The below videos and resources resulted from those information days.
Dr Sharon Cooley – Miscarriage Information Day – Part 1
Dr Sharon Cooley – Miscarriage Information Day – Part 2
Dr Sharon Cooley answers some more questions about the things we know and don’t know about miscarriage, and the eternal question ‘Is it my fault?’, to which the answer is an emphatic ‘no’.
Dr Sharon Cooley – Miscarriage Information Day – Part 3
Dr Sharon Cooley answers some more questions about miscarriage, focusing on the the time after miscarriage.
Trish Butler – Bereavement Support Midwife
Trish Butler is a Bereavement Support Midwife here in The Rotunda. She works as part of a team that includes midwives, social worker and chaplain that interacts with many different areas in the Hospital to support and care for those going through a miscarriage. Trish explains the different roles in the Bereavement team, and the services and supports they provide.
Jennifer Stevens – Personal Journey with Miscarriage
Jennifer is a journalist, a mum of two, and a previous attendee in the recurrent miscarriage clinic in The Rotunda. Last year Jennifer was part of a team in the Irish Examiner that spoke to many women about their experiences of miscarriage in Ireland. In this video she talks about her own experience of miscarriage, and pregnancy afterwards.
Jennifer Stevens – Talking about Miscarriage
Jennifer is a journalist, a mum of two, and a previous attendee in the recurrent miscarriage clinic in The Rotunda. In this video she talks about her work speaking to, and writing about, women’s experiences of miscarriage in Ireland, and why she feels it is such an important area to speak about.
Deirdre Pierce McDonnell – Chairperson of the Miscarriage Association of Ireland
Deirdre Pierce McDonnell is the Chairperson of the Miscarriage Association of Ireland. We are very grateful to Deirdre for taking the time to talk to us and answer questions about what the Miscarriage Association of Ireland do, what supports they offer, including their support groups, some of the common feelings and experiences around miscarriage, and how to support loved ones during a miscarriage.
Dr Karen Flood – Recurrent Miscarriage
Dr Karen Flood is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and oversees the recurrent miscarriage clinic in The Rotunda. In this video, she explains what recurrent miscarriage is, how the clinic works, and the importance of hope.
Suzanna Byrne – Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit
Suzanna Byrne is the Midwife Manager in the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit and in this video she goes through what the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit does, who it sees, and what happens at an appointment in the EPAU.
You are not alone
Many women say that one of the hardest parts of going through a miscarriage is the loneliness – of feeling like you are going through it alone.
In 2020, journalists from the Irish Examiner spoke to, and shared the stories, of many women in Ireland who had experienced miscarriage, in order to, in their words “provide a place for women like you to find some comfort, to honour the babies that were lost, to share in the grief that so many have and to be the glimmer of hope that someone so desperately needs right now.”