Another Miscarriage. Is Something Wrong With Me?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I went off birth control in December of 2001. I had been on the pill for fairly consistently 14 years to keep my face clear of pimples. Eight months after going off the pill in December of 2001, I got pregnant. I miscarried at 11 weeks. That was in November 2002. I got pregnant again in March of 2003 and am now miscarrying again at 6 weeks. Is there something wrong with me? I am 35 and really want to have a baby.

ANSWER

It's possible that you may need some medical help to be able to carry a healthy pregnancy and it's possible that your experience is just "luck of the draw." Statistics show that even with three miscarriages in a row, the odds of a successful fourth pregnancy with no intervention at all is still 80%. But at your age, I would think that some testing is in order, probably with a reproductive endocrinologist or maternal-fetal medicine specialist.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.