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SPECIAL DAUGHTER: Sylvia Barnes is studying the longterm effects of miscarriage as part of her university studies.
BEN WATSON
SPECIAL DAUGHTER: Sylvia Barnes is studying the longterm effects of miscarriage as part of her university studies.

Sylvia Barnes is extra special to her mum.

The Auckland resident was born shortly after her mother gave birth to stillborn twins.

Her family's experience has become an inspiration for her studies at university.

The Auckland University student is looking at the long-term effects of grief after miscarriage in mothers as part of her master's of science in health psychology.

"It is a relatively common event with about one in five pregnancies ending in miscarriage," says Ms Barnes.

So far her research shows that many mums experience profound grief but she says there are also long-term effects that have had little research.

She says those she has spoken to are willing to talk about their experiences when asked but often feel they should not bring it up with friends and family.

For most mothers it is their first opportunity to talk about the experience, she says.

"Many people who have not experienced it don't think of it as a death and feel they can just have another one."

Ms Barnes hopes to recruit 130 mothers to answer a brief online questionnaire about their miscarriages.

To take part in the study email Sylvia at coolvia@gmail.com or call 419-0055. To contact Miscarriage Support Auckland for help visit the website www.miscarriage.org.nz.

Eastern Courier