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Miscarriage of the developing foetus is undoubtedly a traumatic event in the life of any would-be mother. It is perceived in general as a normal part of reproduction, “a fact of life” which is just something we have to get past and move on from. The statistics confirm its prevalence in Ireland with over 20 per cent of all pregnancies ending in miscarriage. The cause of miscarriage is often difficult to pin down and can indeed be sporadic and multifactorial with elements of anatomy, genetics, immunology and infection playing a role.
Ciara and Noel O’Brien talk openly about their struggle to conceive. By Denise Smith.