After miscarriage, I was rocked by depression. Like many other women, I didn’t get follow-up care for this loss.

November 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. CST

The memory of our motionless baby boy on the ultrasound screen awakened me in the middle of the night. I squeezed my eyes shut repeatedly, but I couldn’t escape the image. My body ached, my heart raced and tears streamed down my face until they led to uncontrollable sobs, eventually waking my husband. I cried until morning.

That was the first night after I miscarried at 12 weeks pregnant. Those early morning flashbacks lasted for weeks. After my miscarriage was handled medically, the effect on my mental health also needed attention. But no follow-up appointment was offered, and there was no acknowledgment of the intense emotions that rock many women who have miscarried.

As many as a quarter of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, and the impact on women’s mental health is well established. Yet, none of the medical staff I met with mentioned any potential emotional aftershocks.

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