This is the second edition of this guidance which was previously published in June 2010 under the title Surgical Evacuation of the Uterus for Early Pregnancy Loss.
This paper provides advice for health professionals obtaining consent from women undergoing surgical management of miscarriage with electric or manual vacuum aspiration. It is also intended to be appropriate when surgical intervention is indicated for an incomplete termination of pregnancy, incomplete or delayed miscarriage, or partially retained placenta after delivery. After careful discussion with the woman, the consent form should be edited under the heading ‘Name of proposed procedure or course of treatment’ to accurately describe the exact procedure to be performed.
The Miscarriage Association has published preliminary findings from research conducted as part of the Death before birth project. This report provides an overview of the extent to which the Human Tissue Authority Guidance (2015) has been incorporated into hospital policies for the management and disposal of the remains of pregnancy.
McGuinness, S., & Kuberska, K. (2017) Report to the Human Tissue Authority on disposal of pregnancy remains (less than 24 weeks’ gestational stage). Available at https://deathbeforebirthproject.org/research/htareport2017/.