'Women shouldn't be fobbed off by early miscarriage units', says chief executive of charity Tommy's

'Women shouldn't be fobbed off by early miscarriage units', says chief executive of charity Tommy's

Gordon Ramsay and wife Tana miscarried at five months

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Following the news that Tana Ramsay, wife of chef Gordon, has miscarried her fifth child, the chief executive of the charity Tommy's says women who miscarry should "not be fobbed off".

Ramsay's wife Tana was five months pregnant at the time of her miscarriage, and had only revealed the pregnancy to the public last month. 

Tommy's research pregnancy problems, and provides couples with information on healthy pregnancies and babies. Chief executive Jane Brewin called for more to be done to prevent miscarriages.

"Women shouldn't accept going into an early miscarriage unit these days and be fobbed off with 'you’ll be fine at some future point'," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "I just don't think that's good enough.

"It happens to so many people. Miscarriage affects one in four of us, and very much is a silent thing. Most couples don't tell anybody about it, and feel very ashamed and very alone.

"This isn't a trivial event, not only physically but psychologically as well. We need to stop these miscarriages from happening because they just wreck people's lives. It can't be acceptable in this day and age for it to be so frequent."

It has also been claimed miscarriages happen as a quality control measure by the body. Brewin disagrees we should view them in this way.

"We possibly need to challenge the thought that it's always the body's way of quality controlling in early pregnancy, because what we know is half of miscarriages are down to chromosomal abnormalities.

"Eventually [we want to] get to a stage where after every miscarriage, people are evaluated properly, they have a reason for their miscarriage, and they move from there into potential treatments."

She also commented on men's health at the time of conception, and how this can have an impact.

"We know men who have damaged sperm can cause their partners to recurrently miscarry," she added. "Smoking, drinking and good diet may be equally important [for men]."