For many women, miscarriage constitutes an often sudden, unexpected physically as well as psychologically traumatic event. A large percentage of women having miscarriage must present to an outpatient setting, primarily the emergency department, for care during this time. Studies indicate that health care professionals are failing to meet the needs of women and their families during and after miscarriage and that greater emphasis should be placed on psychosocial and interpersonal skills. The problem has been identified as how to assist or prepare emergency nurses to better care for the physical and psychological needs of women having early, unanticipated loss of pregnancy. At one rural Midwest medical center, it was the women's health staff who took the initiative to address this problem. They recognized the need for a holistic approach to care for women experiencing pregnancy loss. This would be accomplished through bridging the gap between outpatient services and primary care. This resulted in creating a support group called Ended Beginnings, which was organized to help women convalesce through the physical, emotional, and spiritual hardships associated with pregnancy and infant loss. Positive feedback has been received from both patients and staff with regard to the extent to which collaborative services provide a positive impact for both the patient and staff assisting the patient during a time of sudden, unanticipated loss.
Journal of Emergency Nursing 04/2012; 39(6). DOI:10.1016/j.jen.2011.12.013 · 1.13 Impact Factor