Miscarriage: Why it Happens and How to Best to Reduce Your Risks

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Whether it occurs in the first trimester or later in a pregnancy, a miscarriage is always an emotionally traumatic event, sometimes a physically daunting one, and all too often an isolating experience. Adding to the frustration and disappointment of the 800,000 women who miscarry every year, busy obstetricians often lack up-to-date or specific knowledge about the causes and consequences of this profound event.Into this fact-vacuum comes After Miscarriage, a book that every physician will confidently recommend and...

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Whether it occurs in the first trimester or later in a pregnancy, a miscarriage is always an emotionally traumatic event, sometimes a physically daunting one, and all too often an isolating experience. Adding to the frustration and disappointment of the 800,000 women who miscarry every year, busy obstetricians often lack up-to-date or specific knowledge about the causes and consequences of this profound event.Into this fact-vacuum comes After Miscarriage, a book that every physician will confidently recommend and that women hungry for information will seek out. From the chromosomal, illness-related, immunological, and genetic reasons for miscarriage to the diagnostic tests and surgical procedures now available, this authoritative guide reflects the latest medical information on why miscarriages do and don't happen and the best methodologies known for recovery and preparing to conceive again. Complete with stories from women who have miscarried and reassuring input from a female doctor, After Miscarriage also provides substantive advice for coping with the anxiety and depression that often accompany the loss of pregnancy.

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New England Psychologist
For people who want the facts, Lerner's book may be just short of fascinating.
Library Journal
Twenty percent of all known pregnancies-approximately 800,000 a year in the United States-result in miscarriage. Miscarriages are therefore not an uncommon tragedy in the personal lives of young couples. Though a number of fine books address this topic, Lerner's is noteworthy for its currency and breadth of information. Boston-area obstetrician/gynecologist Lerner offers clear and detailed explanations to questions concerning the etiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of miscarriage. His medical and scientific discussion, while exceedingly thorough, is easy to understand. He includes vignettes of women who have miscarried and reassuring advice from Dr. Alice Domar, who studies correlations between emotional states and pregnancy problems. Especially helpful are the concluding chapters, which focus on dealing with the emotional trauma of miscarriage and subsequently "moving on to a successful pregnancy." This is an ideal book for obstetricians to recommend to their patients and an important resource for those who have experienced, or who are concerned about, miscarriage. Essential for public library consumer health collections and highly recommended for health sciences libraries.-Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780738206349
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 2/13/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Henry Lerner, M.D., has been an obstetrician-gynecologist for more than twenty years. He has appeared on "Nightline," "Larry King Live," and "Firing Line" and has been interviewed for magazines including Time and People. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    Disappointed at the narrow scope

    The reviews call this a comprehensive book - I do not agree. If you lost your baby in the first three months of pregnancy and if you started bleeding at home and if your baby was lost due to genetic or chromosomal abnormalities, this book may be comprehensive enough for you. For the rest of us, it provides no answers. I had a miscarriage at 17 weeks; the book mentions late miscarriage only once. I had genetic testing done on my child and the tests came back normal. This book gives the reader almost no information about why a miscarriage would occur if the baby was normal. I understand that in most cases miscarriages occur early, begin with bleeding and are the result of genetic abnormalities. I also know that this is not the case with all miscarriages. I just wish Dr. Lerner would have recognized this, even once, in his book. Information on 'typical' miscarriage if easy to find; this is what you'll find in this book. Another really hard thing for me was that Dr. Lerner bounces back and forth using the term miscarriage and the term abortion (which is the medical term for miscarriage.) None of us would be reading this book if we weren't suffering. None of us would be reading this book if we had not wanted our babies. Using the term 'abortion', whether or not it is medically correct, is very insensitive. I did not want to hear what happened to me and my baby called an abortion. I'm not a bible-thumper or anything, but a little common sense would have been appreciated. You will not find compassion in this book, if you are looking for it. One passage talks about how many women are able to go back to work the day after their miscarriage. Those of you who have had a loss know how reading this will make you feel. I thought I'd get useful information on reducing my risk - since those words are used in the title. However, the chapter on preventing miscarriage is one of the shortest in the entire book. About 30 pages of the 291 pages are dedicated to this topic. I'd recommend that you save your money. You could check this book out of the library but don't buy it. I found very helpful studies on medical sites on the internet. Be sure to really research the sites you use and check everyone's credentials. I bought this book because I wasn't looking for one the self-help, share-my-grief books (although these were helpful right after my loss), but for a scientific, well-researched book. Instead, I got a book that seemed short on information and long on self-praise.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Handles a highly charged topic with sensitivity

    Even if there is no need for emergency surgery afterward, a miscarriage leaves behind quite a bundle of mostly negative feelings on the part of the mother and even that of the father. Most people when hearing of a miscarriage react with sympathy towards the parents. However, the parents, especially the mother, guiltily wonders if something she did caused this traumatic event. The mother and to a lesser degree the father is the target that author Dr. henry G. Lerner wants to help. He responds to the self-incriminating questions often asked such as what did I do wrong? Dr. Lerner with contributions by Dr. Domar provide practical advice on how to reduce the odds of preventing a miscarriage from happening again and how to cope with the depression that is sure to come if a miscarriage occurred....................... This book is lucid and well written for a wannabe parent to understand yet treats mothers and fathers as intelligent people just lacking information on a ¿taboo¿ subject that no one wants to talk about. Dr. Lerner provides insightful information on avoidance and as important how to deal with the deep guilt that will follow if a miscarriage happens. The key to this enlightening nonfiction work is the advice provided to both parents for the forgotten father will feel doubt, depression, and lack of confidence as to what to do for his ailing spouse and his own psyche. MISCARRIAGE: WHY IT HAPPENS AND HOW BEST TO REDUCE YOUR RISKS--A DOCTOR'S GUIDE TO THE FACTS is a strong insightful guidebook............... Harriet Klausner

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