How do I get referred to a doctor who specialises in miscarriage?

The first step is to visit your GP and ask them to refer you to a specialist doctor at your local hospital.

The NHS follows guidelines that say your GP will refer you to a doctor who specialises in miscarriage after you have had 3 early miscarriages, 1 late miscarriage or 1 ectopic or molar pregnancy.

Most doctors realise that this can be distressing, and many hospitals may be able to investigate after 2 miscarriages. The best thing to do is to talk to your GP, explain how you are feeling and ask to be referred as soon as possible.

“I know more often than not there isn't a reason, but when you have a miscarriage one of the biggest things is wanting to understand why.”

If you are not being referred, try not to get too frustrated. The reason for this policy is because you are not at higher risk of another miscarriage if you have had 1 or 2 early miscarriages and most women will go on to have successful pregnancies.

Find out about how to be referred to one of the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research clinics.

NICE (2019). Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: diagnosis and initial management


Review dates

Last reviewed: 10 February 2020
Next review: 10 February 2023