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People can feel uncertain, isolated, and unsupported when they go through first-trimester pregnancy loss.
"I lost a pregnancy when I was reading the news," broadcaster and journalist Miriama Kamo says.
"I remember the cameras were all playing up that night - and I was like 'I can't believe this camera has gone, now that's one gone down, I'm losing my baby, I've got one camera left - I've got to get to the end of this bulletin and then deal with this'," Kamo said.
GP Cathy Stephenson says for a lot of couples, if they do experience a miscarriage, they fall through the cracks in terms of knowing who to go to in terms of help, advice and support.
"In most parts of New Zealand your pregnancy is managed by a midwife, not by your GP, but a lot of people can't get in to a midwife until they are 12 weeks, so you may feel like - I don't really know where to go."
People who have existing relationships with midwives may find it easier to get the help they need. Broadcaster Stacey Morrison sought support from the midwife who had been there during her previous pregnancies. "She was amazing," Stacey says. "She helped me to bring the baby on, and then made sure that we had a little coffin."
Those without such support networks can find themselves navigating the hospital system alone. That's what happened to bereaved parent Kate Chadwick. "I had a really junior doctor manage the situation and she was very clinical," Chadwick says. "I did feel quite alone in that experience."
The medical terminology used to describe miscarriage can add to the sense of isolation. All of a sudden your longed-for baby is a failed pregnancy, a spontaneous abortion, or the products of conception.
"It was termed an 'incomplete abortion' - something almost less than human," says bereaved parent Kathryn Stothers. "It was not recognised that that was our child, our much-wanted baby that we had tried for."
Emotional support can also be hard to come by - but the Miscarriage Support website is a good place to start. Miscarriage Support also offers a private Facebook group where people can find advice and comfort. Speaking to a qualified counsellor can also help people work through their feelings of loss.
Watch all the episodes at nzherald.co.nz/MisconceptionsNZ - a new episode will be added each day from Monday to Friday, ending on July 3
Episode One: What is miscarriage?
Episode Two: Types of miscarriage
Episode Three: Causes of miscarriage
Episode Four: Managing miscarriage
Episode Five: Coping with grief
Episode Six: Accessing support
Episode Seven: The silence around the first trimester
Episode Eight: Miscarriage and work
Episode Nine: How to support someone who's going through miscarriage
Episode Ten: Sharing stories of hope