Background: People are individuals who react differently when confronted with unexpected events. To miscarry is nature’s own way of sorting out the foetuses which could never become a fully grown child. The loss can without help be difficult to handle and can impact the couple negatively towards future pregnancies. The nursing staff ought to familiarize themselves with the experience, encounter their feelings and identify their needs. The aim of the study was to identify the female’s and the male’s needs during the loss of an expected child. Method: The study is based on 11 scientific articles searched for electronically in databases and manually. The content was analysed, codes and categories were developed. Result: The female and the male needed to be confirmed, to receive answers and find meaning in the event. During their hospital visit they needed a simple and adequate language. The result showed a need for creating memories. A further need for the male was to protect his partner. Conclusion: The female and the male ought to be seen as a unit. They need someone to take notice of their feelings, thoughts, someone that provided explanations, someone giving time.
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