Topic Thursdays by the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) is a live chat with Crystal Johnson, therapist at the AFLC, on a variety of listener-submitted matters concerning the well-being of families. Initially beginning as a July–August programme, its popularity encouraged continuity. There was no Topic Thursdays this week because of the AEC Mission Congress, but the Catholic News will take a look at the August 5 show on miscarriages.
Miscarriages, Johnson said based on her research from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, is a term used for pregnancies that end on their own within the first 20 to 30 weeks of gestation. Studies reveal that 10 to 25 per cent of pregnancies will end with a miscarriage, and while the causes are manifold, often there is no discernible reason, something which can be “a hard pill to swallow”.