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Offering hope to would-be mums

WOMEN who suffer from recurring miscarriages can now seek treatment from a pioneering miscarriage expert at Solihull Hospital.

WOMEN who suffer from recurring miscarriages can now seek treatment from a pioneering miscarriage expert at Solihull Hospital.

Professor Siobhan Quenby, who has joined the maternity department, specialises in treating women suffering from recurring miscarriages using steroids. Professor Quenby is the only consultant in the UK to offer this treatment, which she created whilst working with Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust.

Siobhan Quenby, who also works in research at the University of Warwick, said: “Miscarriage during pregnancy is an extremely upsetting experience for women, and even more so when it is a recurring problem. My method of treatment has proven successful in trials carried out to date, so I am looking forward to extending my research in partnership with Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and the university.”

The steroid treatment for recurring miscarriages is believed to work by blocking increased ‘natural killer’ immune cells, preventing embryos from implanting, which is often what leads to a miscarriage. Professor Quenby will undertake a series of randomised control trials as part of her ongoing research.

Women can be referred to Heart of England’s Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic through their GP, by requesting Rachel Small, Recurrent Miscarriage Midwife, Care 4 Suite, Solihull Hospital.

Professor Quenby will also be leading a weight management clinic for pregnant women.

Siobhan said: “Obesity is a major issue within obstetrics, as over a third of women are overweight during pregnancy.

“It can cause a host of complications including increased need for caesarean section, haemorrhaging, thrombosis, raised blood pressure, blood clots and even death during labour.

“The new weight management clinic will offer women advice and support which will help to improve the quality of their pregnancy.”

 

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