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Long-term impact of perinatal bereavement. Comparison of grief reactions after intrauterine versus neonatal death.
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PMID:  9447369     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate possible differences in emotional impact on parents following either a deliberate intrauterine death or a neonatal death in extremely preterm growth retarded infants. DESIGN: Retrospectively matched study by audiotaped semi-structured interview, 3-9 years after the perinatal loss. RESULTS: Nineteen couples (ten in the intrauterine death group and nine in the neonatal death group) consented to participate. More than 50% of the intrauterine death group couples could not share or discuss their emotions. Most partners in this group did not feel the loss of their own child. Discongruent grieving between partners was more pronounced in the intrauterine death group and could be identified as a risk factor for prolonged and abnormal grief reactions. Four couples (three in the intrauterine death group and one in the neonatal death group) developed long-term emotional disturbance and psychosocial problems. Long-term follow-up in both groups was failing remarkably. CONCLUSION: Assimilating a non-intervention policy followed by fetal death requires different skills and is more complicated than grief support around an early neonatal death. Follow-up is essential to identify the couple 'at risk' and to mobilize extra support.
A H Schaap; H Wolf; H W Bruinse; S Barkhof-van de Lande; P E Treffers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0301-2115     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  1997 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-02-26     Completed Date:  1998-02-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  161-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Affective Symptoms / therapy
Fetal Death*
Fetal Growth Retardation
Gestational Age
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Retrospective Studies

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