1,116 women were recruited for Professor Bourne’s study via 3 Early Pregnancy Units at 3 central London hospitals. This included women who had experienced a miscarriage or loss after an ectopic pregnancy or pregnancy of unknown location.
67% (737 people) completed and returned a screening questionnaire a month later.
The results suggest that 75% of women with a current diagnosis of a mental health condition and 55% of women with a past diagnosis were likely to have suffered anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress after their loss. This compared to 30% of women with no diagnosis.
The study also looked at women’s baby loss history. 48% of women who had a previous pregnancy loss, were experiencing anxiety, depression or PTS after their loss, compared to 30% of those who had not.
Little evidence was found to suggest that other factors, including whether the pregnancy was the result of IVF, if women had living children, the time taken to diagnose the complication or the diagnosis itself (whether miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or other) could predict psychological illness a month later.