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Impact of perinatal loss on the subsequent pregnancy and self: women's experiences.
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PMID:  10363539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To describe the experience of a pregnancy after perinatal loss. DESIGN: Descriptive, open-ended responses to a self-completed questionnaire. SETTING: Questionnaires were distributed at a prenatal visit and completed in the office or at home. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-two women who were 17 to 28 weeks pregnant, with a history of one or two perinatal losses. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Themes that emerged from the women's responses to the questions. RESULTS: Three main dimensions, Past Pregnancy, Current Pregnancy, and Self constituted the overall framework for the themes of pregnancy anxiety, significant points in time, ways of coping, safe passage, social acceptance, binding-in, and grief and loss. CONCLUSIONS: Pregnancy after perinatal loss is characterized by guarded emotions, anxiety about this pregnancy, marking off the progress of the pregnancy in terms of fetal development and safety, and individual ways of coping to meet the tasks of pregnancy by seeking out or avoiding various behaviors. Women who have experienced perinatal loss would benefit from interventions to help them through these anxiety-filled pregnancies.
D Côte-Arsenault; N Mahlangu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    1999 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-07-28     Completed Date:  1999-07-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  274-82     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Syracuse University's College of Nursing, NY 13244, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Spontaneous / psychology*
Adaptation, Psychological*
Fetal Death*
New England
Pregnancy / psychology*
Self Concept*
Social Support

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