• early miscarriage;
  • men;
  • phenomenology

• In the literature there is increasing awareness of the psychological consequences of early miscarriage for women.

• However, there is little on the feelings, needs and experiences of men whose partner has had an early miscarriage.

• This paper aims to describe the experience of early miscarriage from a male perspective using a phenomenological approach.

• Seven categories related to the experience of early miscarriage are discussed: Feelings, Loss, Characteristics and differences between men and women, Staff action and attitudes, What to do?, Coping and Time.

• Based on an awareness of the needs of both partners, it is suggested that nurses have a key role to play in delivering effective interventions after early miscarriage.