Recurrent miscarriage--outcome after supportive care in early pregnancy

Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 1991 Nov;31(4):320-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828x.1991.tb02811.x.


One hundred and thirty three couples were investigated at a recurrent miscarriage clinic. In their next pregnancy 42 women (Group 1) with unexplained recurrent miscarriage were managed with a programme of formal emotional support and close supervision at an early pregnancy clinic. Two women were seen in 2 pregnancies (44 supervised pregnancies); 86% (38 of 44) of these pregnancies were successful. Four of the 6 miscarriages had an identifiable causal factor. Nine women (Group 2), also with unexplained recurrent miscarriage, acted as a control group. After initial investigation they were reassured and returned to the care of their family practitioner and did not receive formal supportive care in their subsequent pregnancy; 33% (3 of 9) of these pregnancies were successful (p = 0.005; Fishers Exact Test). Whilst acknowledging that there is a significant spontaneous cure rate in this condition, emotional support seems to be important in the prevention of unexplained recurrent miscarriage, giving results as good as any currently accepted therapy.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Habitual / psychology
  • Abortion, Habitual / therapy*
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome