Table 2

Comparison with preterm birth and stillbirth PSPs.

 1. What are the effective interventions to prevent miscarriage, threatened miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage? (eg, lifestyle, vitamins, aspirin, early scans, HCG, dopamine agonists, progestogen, polytherapy, steroids, oestrogen, metformin, anticoagulants, intravenous immunoglobulin, intralipid and anti-TNF-alpha)
Preterm birth
 1. Which interventions are most effective to predict or prevent preterm birth?
 8. Which antenatal care interventions are associated with a reduction in the number of stillbirths?
 2. What are the emotional and mental health impacts of miscarriage in the short term and long term for the mother and her partner?
 5. What types of emotional support are effective in preventing or treating women or their partners after a miscarriage?
Preterm birth
 5. What should be included in packages of care to support parents and families/carers when a premature baby is discharged from hospital?
 9. What emotional and practical support improves attachment and bonding, and does the provision of such support improve outcomes for premature babies and their families?
 7. What is the most appropriate bereavement and postnatal care for both parents following a stillbirth?
 10. How can staff support women and their partners in subsequent pregnancies, using a holistic approach, to reduce anxiety, stress and any associated increased visits to healthcare settings?
 6. Do lifestyle factors (diet, stress, exercise, weight, alcohol, sexual activity, smoking, night shifts or flying) cause miscarriage?
 3. Do modifiable ‘lifestyle’ factors (eg, diet, vitamin deficiency, sleep position, sleep apnoea, lifting and bending) cause or contribute to stillbirth risk?
  • TNF, tumour necrosis factor.