Bush anecdote draws attention to miscarriages - Macleans.ca

Bush anecdote draws attention to miscarriages

His mother handed him a jar with remains of a fetus, Bush says


In an interview with Matt Lauer of NBC News, former U.S. President George W. Bush described his mother, Barbara Bush, handing him the remains of a just-miscarried fetus in a jar when he was just a teenager. This tale has started a conversation about the psychological impact of miscarriage, the New York Times reports, noting that, when a middle-class woman miscarried in postwar America, doctors would react as if there were no loss of life involved, and women would rarely discuss it openly. In recent years, support groups and therapists have emerged to address it. Most women don’t experience lasting psychological trauma, but some can be hard-hit, as if by the death of a spouse or any other family member.

New York Times

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