In medical circles, a miscarriage refers to “the loss of life of a nonviable fetus (a child that cannot survive without its mother's body).” Miscarriages that occur after 20 weeks are considered as stillbirths.

Due to the fact that most miscarriages tend to occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy, many women may not even know that they were pregnant. This is why actual statistics on the rate of miscarriage are often contested. Rough estimates indicate that nearly 30 to 50% of all eggs that get fertilized and implanted end in a miscarriage. These high numbers may sound shocking but the reality is that in most of these cases, the women did not even realize that they were pregnant. Another serious problem is the issue of recurring miscarriages. Research shows approximately 80,000 couples suffer from 3 miscarriages in a year.

Alternative Names
A miscarriage is also known as a spontaneous abortion or depending on the stage – either a missed abortion; an incomplete abortion; a complete abortion; an inevitable abortion; or an infected abortion.

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Myra Parsons, Michele Simpson, Terri Ponton, Raspberry leaf and its effect on labour: Safety and efficacy, Australian College of Midwives Incorporated Journal, Volume 12, Issue 3, September 1999, Pages 20-25, ISSN 1031-170X, 10.1016/S1031-170X(99)80008-7.
Keywords: labour; pregnancy; raspberry leaf; safety