) have been performed hundreds of thousands of times and remain the most popular in the UK.
However, within minutes of doing the scan the sonographer told Catherine there was a problem.‘She couldn’t detect any heartbeat and in fact said she believed the pregnancy had already started to disintegrate,’ recalls Catherine. I could let a miscarriage occur naturally, which could take weeks, I could have a dilatation and curettage – an operation under a general anaesthetic to empty my uterus – or I could take a pill to induce labour.
Doctors explained she would take the first pill, containing the drug mifepristone, by mouth. Without this, the lining of the uterus breaks down.
The girl they had hoped would complete their family had not died as the hospital had said.
Though thrilled, the couple now face an agonising wait until their daughter is born, fearing she will have long-term health problems as a result of the medication that was intended to induce the abortion.
Your choice of a free rescan is included if your baby’s position is not favourable on the day for the primary purpose of this scan.