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WATCH: Why we know so little about miscarriages

Up to a million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage every year. For many patients, there’s no answer about why.

“This is a very common condition,” said Dr. Diana Bianchi, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Yet in most cases, the cause is not investigated or identified until multiple pregnancy losses have occurred. As many as half of pregnancies that end in miscarriage and stillbirth have no explanation. And stigma and shame keep many people who experience miscarriage from discussing it. “It’s not something that people are willing to share. It’s often kept as a family secret.”

The PBS NewsHour’s Courtney Norris and Rachel Liesendahl explore why research around pregnancy loss is so challenging.

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