August 12: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
August 12: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

Sarah Gill

This traditional Irish cottage tucked away in Cashel, Co. Galway is on the market for €250,000
This traditional Irish cottage tucked away in Cashel, Co. Galway is on the market for...

Sarah Gill

First date deal-breakers: The seven absolute worst things to do on a first date
First date deal-breakers: The seven absolute worst things to do on a first date

Geraldine Carton

Your reaction to the childcare crisis: ‘To avoid childcare costs, I work at night. I can’t afford to work full time’
Your reaction to the childcare crisis: ‘To avoid childcare costs, I work at night. I...

Dominique McMullan

How to pack just hand luggage for a two week holiday
How to pack just hand luggage for a two week holiday

Louise Slyth

Irish women in film: Annie Atkins, graphic designer for film
Irish women in film: Annie Atkins, graphic designer for film

Meg Walker

Lunchtime Fashion Fix: Inject some fun into your wardrobe with a splash of green
Lunchtime Fashion Fix: Inject some fun into your wardrobe with a splash of green

Sarah Finnan

Saturn, a meteor shower, and the last supermoon of 2022 will share the celestial stage this weekend
Saturn, a meteor shower, and the last supermoon of 2022 will share the celestial stage...

Sarah Gill

Supper Club: Mussels and bucatini pasta
Supper Club: Mussels and bucatini pasta

Meg Walker

This traditional thatched cottage in in Co Mayo is on sale for €179,000
This traditional thatched cottage in in Co Mayo is on sale for €179,000

Megan Burns

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‘Is it a missed miscarriage then?’ I ask the ultrasound technician, all business as I push the reality, the grief away”


by Niamh O'Leary
14th Oct 2021
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In September 2021, Niamh O’Leary and her husband got the news no parent-to-be wants to hear. For Baby Loss Awareness Week, she eloquently documents their ten painful days of waiting to confirm her missed miscarriage in the hopes that others might feel less alone.

The ultrasound technician squinted as she rolled the head of the transducer over my exposed stomach, the gel cold and slippery. I held my husband’s hand and tried to breathe deeply as she pressed harder.  ‘Okay,’ she said brightly, sounding a little forced, we’re just going to have a look inside with the transvaginal probe if that’s alright with you? This early on sometimes it can be difficult to get a clear view of what...

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