For the past few weeks, you could listen to women's personal stories about their miscarriage. This week, not a monologue, but gynecologist Norah van Mello, who encounters miscarriages daily in her consulting and treatment room.

A miscarriage, despite more openness, better care or peer support, never becomes a positive experience, says the gynecologist. What happens to the body, it's hard to prepare women for that. Van Mello: A miscarriage is actually a mini-childbirth. It happens differently for every woman. Sometimes there is more blood loss than expected or it takes a long time before the miscarriage starts. We don't know why the body sometimes holds on so long to a pregnancy that isn't growing." The cause also often remains unknown, says the gynecologist. A miscarriage is not a disease, it is not a disorder; she calls a miscarriage a phenomenon. A phenomenon that happens to an average of 20,000 women a year.

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