A Fairer, Greener Scotland: Programme for Government 2021-22, was published on 7 September 2021. The programme sets out the Scottish Government's commitment to establishing a dignified, compassionate miscarriage service tailored to the needs of women in Scotland by the end of 2023.

SG Miscarriage Conference – 29 November 2023

The Scottish Government announced publication of the suite of local and a national overview reports which would complete its scoping of early pregnancy services, aligned with its Programme for Government, at its SG Miscarriage on 29 November. The event included inspiring presentations from Held in Their Hearts Hospital to Home project, Dr Andrea Woolner’s work  on Ectopic Pregnancy and Dr Colin Duncan‘s Misoprostol and reproductive health. 

Health Inequalities Impact Assessment – Is Regional Variation in Access to Early Pregnancy Care a Pubic Health Problem in Scotland?

SPN Programme Manager (Maternity) graduated with Master’s in Public Health in 2022, and had been invited to present her thesis as a poster at Association of Early Pregnancy Units at their conference in Telford on 16 & 17 November, then again at SG Miscarriage conference on 29 November 2023. This is the poster. More information about how it might inform this work will follow soon.


Consistent National Patient Information – SG / Tommy’s

Tommy’s are leading development of nationally consistent patient information about miscarriage and baby loss. The SPN programme team is supporting this work, including development of a map of all Early Pregnancy services in Scotland and their public facing contact details. This work is to help praise profile around early pregnancy services and support women and families who may be worried about their pregnancy, but may not yet have booked with NHS Midwifery Services, to access the emergency care they need.

Background: Programme for Government – Miscarriage

The Scottish Government Programme for Government commitment has been progressed in partnership with the Scottish Perinatal Network, Fertility Scotland National Network, Public Health Scotland and Tommy’s.

The aim is to:

  • support the development of individualised care plans after a woman’s first miscarriage
  • progress specific recommendations of the Lancet Series – Miscarriage Matters
  • ensure women’s services in Boards have dedicated facilities for women with unexpected pregnancy complications.

Roundtable Event

A roundtable event was held on 14th March 2022 for professionals involved in caring for women at any point before, during and after a miscarriage or in supporting bereaved parents following a miscarriage. Here are links to the Programme, Speaker Bios  and their Presentations