Air grievances: silence swirls around the toll of bushfire smoke during pregnancy


Exposure to fine particle air pollution increases risk of miscarriage and preterm birth. So why was the health advice for pregnant women so hazy during Australia’s Black Summer?

Janet Frank describes her first miscarriage in August 2019 as “hectic”.

“There was a lot of bleeding and a lot of hospital visits,” Frank, not her real name, explains. She bled for two months and eventually had to have a surgical procedure to end the pregnancy.

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