Psychological aspects of perinatal loss.

  title={Psychological aspects of perinatal loss.},
  author={William Badenhorst and Patricia Hughes},
  journal={Best practice & research. Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology},
  volume={21 2},
After perinatal loss, parents experience painful grief. Fathers and mothers show the same pattern of symptoms, but generally mothers' distress is more intense. Grief should be sympathetically acknowledged by health professionals, and parents should be reassured that their feelings are normal and that recovery may take many months. Intense depression lasting more than 6 months may require psychological treatment. There is some evidence that delaying conception for a year may allow an easier… CONTINUE READING


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