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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22002: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason women are formally offered a medical investigation only after a third consecutive miscarriage; what its response is to the concerns raised by the head counsellor at Scottish Care and Information on Miscarriage in The Herald on Sunday on 10 March 2019 that “we have been campaigning for years for women to be tested after one loss rather than three consecutive losses", and what its position is on (a) reviewing the guidance on this and (b) allowing a woman to self-refer after (i) a first miscarriage and (ii) non-consecutive multiple miscarriages.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 25 March 2019

We know that before 12 weeks, one in 5 pregnancies ends in miscarriage and that most of these are due to chromosomal abnormalities which cannot be prevented.

Recurrent miscarriage (defined as three or more miscarriages) happens to one in every hundred women and the chance of finding a cause which can be treated is much higher. The balance is in not exposing a lot of women to unnecessary tests but to identifying women where problems which can be treated are more likely to be picked up.

We are open to new findings through research which can help us understand further the causes and potential treatment of miscarriage.