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Advice given by health-care professionals to mothers concerning subsequent pregnancy after stillbirth.
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PMID:  20225985     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We studied the advice mothers with stillbirths were given concerning a suitable time to become pregnant. A questionnaire was sent in 2001 to mothers with a stillbirth at one of five hospitals in the Stockholm region in Sweden. At three months follow-up, 33 mothers participated and at 12 months 31. The advices varied from waiting one to 12 months. Eleven mothers were advised to trust their own feelings of readiness and six were advised to wait until they had dealt with their grief before becoming pregnant. At one year post-loss, most of the mothers felt that a suitable time for a subsequent pregnancy was as soon as the mother herself wanted. Mothers whose baby had died in utero were given radically different kinds of advice concerning a suitable time for a subsequent pregnancy. The best advice seems to be that the mother should wait until she, herself, feels ready.
Ingela Rådestad; Marianne Hutti; Karin Säflund; Erik Onelöv; Regina Wredling
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica     Volume:  89     ISSN:  1600-0412     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-19     Completed Date:  2010-08-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370343     Medline TA:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1084-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Health, Care and Welfare, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Fetal Death
Mothers / psychology*
Professional-Patient Relations*
Stillbirth / psychology*

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