Understanding Miscarriage

Miscarriage is one of the most common pregnancy experiences, though rarely talked about openly. Cristen and Caroline provide an overview of what miscarriage entails, what causes it, what doesn't and its psychological repercussions of pregnancy loss for women and men.

Episode sources:

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Topics in this Podcast: babies, women's health, pregnancy, parenthood, abortion, miscarriage, maternity, maternal health, best of 2014 health