Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Study on Miscarriage

A few days ago, Efrat Eichenbaum, a doctoral student at Drexel University, contacted me about a study she is conducting on miscarriage and infant loss. I contacted her advisor and made sure this was legitimate and went through the survey myself. I know many of you would like to see others understand better how devastating miscarriage is, so if you would like to participate, here is the information:

If you have experienced a pregnancy loss (stillbirth or miscarriage) in the past 6 months to 4 years, we want to hear YOUR story. Drexel University is conducting a research study to learn how women healed and moved on from the grief of their loss.

You are eligible if you:

1. Are between the ages of 19 and 50.

2. Live in the United States

3. Identify as either White/Caucasian or Black/African American

4. Experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth any time between October, 2007, and April, 2011.

The study is confidential and secure- your identity and medical information will be not be shared with anyone outside the research team at Drexel University. Your answers will not be linked to your name or identity. The study takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete, and can be done online or over the phone (you can choose how you want to participate).

As a "thank you," we are offering a choice of a small "care package" (of lotion, chocolate, and tea), or a Dunkin Donuts gift card (both are worth approximately $5) to women who participate. Please email us at if you are interested in volunteering for the study. Thank you- we are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

1 comment:

Matushka Anna said...

Thank you for posting this. I just found your blog through someone who linked to it and am amazed by how similar our experiences have been despite the fact that you lost twins and I lost a singleton. My son died at 12 weeks and 5 days and I found out a week later. I was pressured to have a D&C but resisted and delivered him at home almost 3 weeks after he died (this past April). He was just beautiful. We buried him in a country cemetery and I made the casket out of a jewelry box. I miss him very much, but look forward to holding him again in Heaven. We are now expecting again and I'm 9 weeks along. I'm so afraid this baby too will die, but I'm forging ahead, telling people about the pregnancy, planning for the birth, etc. Pretending this baby doesn't exist until I'm in the 2nd trimester won't make my pain any less if I miscarry again, so I might as well embrace him/her.

I too had a lot of trouble finding information on the internet about delivering a 13 week baby on my own and eventually created a website to address it. I'm so sorry I didn't find your site when I was in the midst of everything, but I'm glad it's out there. Too many women are not given choices and support at a horrible time in their lives. I'm trying to change that.