The loss of a child during the second half of pregnancy or in the first year of life, known as the perinatal period, affecting nearly 50,000 pregnant or every year.
When a fetal or infant death occurs, a medical evaluation is carried out in the hope of determining the cause of death. little effort, however, is usually dedicated to the emotional consequences of these losses.
The grief experienced after losing a child during pregnancy or breastfeeding may be particularly isolation of the surviving mother. Few obstetricians or pediatricians have been trained to provide support to parents the pain after the loss of a baby. And family members often struggle to provide support.
There are two reasons for this. First, few have experienced a similar loss and empathy that could come from it. Second, few, if any, have established the same emotional bonds with the child so early. Even the surviving parent may have difficulty understanding intense pain of the mother.
perinatal loss can also trigger mental illness, especially major depression disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms of depression overlap considerably with the penalty, so it is difficult to distinguish the two. If the surviving parent is experiencing feelings of emptiness or worthlessness that even briefly comforted by the warm memories of your child or pregnancy or if she is experiencing suicidal thoughts, then it is likely to be experiencing depression.
Nightmares, flashbacks and extreme anxiety that accompany PTSD after perinatal loss can lead women to avoid a wide range of anxiety triggers, including future attempts at conception or even be close children. Women who experience symptoms of depression or PTSD should seek a mental health evaluation.
Fortunately, there is so much peer support and mental health services available to help women. First sailing, Miss Foundation and Share Pregnancy Support loss of a baby all provide online access to information and other resources.
If you have suffered the loss of a baby and need help, services are available in South Florida, including several chapters of The Compassionate Friends, a support organization peer with local support groups, Mental and Reproductive Health of Women (WRMtH program) in UHealth -. University of Miami Health System, which provides evaluation and treatment of women suffering from depression, PTSD or other disorders after pregnancy or loss of a psychiatric baby
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