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Subject: Experiencing a fetal death
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jolindap-ga
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Posted: 15 Nov 2005 16:39 PST
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Do women experiencing a fetal death/miscarriage suffer from depression

Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 15 Nov 2005 17:10 PST
Some do. Some don't. Some feel sad, but relieved. 

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Subject: Re: Experiencing a fetal death
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 15 Nov 2005 18:16 PST
Hi jolindap,

Thank you for your question. Depression Risk Increased After Miscarriage

"Miscarriage can represent a physical stress to the body of a woman as
well as lead to emotional trauma affecting women and their families.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics (1997), the
pregnancies of approximately half a million women annually in the
United States end in miscarriage."


"Dr. Neugebauer's study found that there was a significant risk of
depression in women after miscarriage. Furthermore, 72 percent of the
episodes of major depression occurred during the first month after the
loss of the pregnancy.

The study also found that the risk for depression was substantially
higher for those miscarrying women who had no children. Further, the
data demonstrated that over half of the women with prior histories of
major depression experienced recurrences after they had miscarriages.

The authors conclude that women should be monitored for signs of
depression during the weeks after miscarriage."


VirtualHospital - Dealing with the Loss of an Infant

"Whether the death of a child occurs in the early months or late
months of pregnancy, it is a painful experience for the family. And
adjustment to the loss of a baby will take time, Zlatnik says.

Most parents have special needs during the grieving process, says Dan
Grinstead, a social worker at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Parents may find it is difficult for them to talk about the death of
their child. Nevertheless they may have a need to talk about their
loss and seek comfort from family and friends, Grinstead says. But to
the surprise of many parents, they may have to initiate discussion and
offer comfort to relatives and friends, he says.

Parents may have feelings of anger and depression after the loss of
the fetus or baby. They also may have difficulty sleeping and eating
adequate meals. Or they may have difficulty concentrating on the job,
he adds."


"Parents and family also may wish to discuss the loss of the baby with
their physician, a social worker, psychiatrist, family counselor or

Families who have experienced the loss of a baby can be helpful to the
parents and families who are facing the grieving process, Grinstead
says. Parents also can contact national self-help groups or parent
support groups, Grinstead suggests."


Personal experience plus keyword search:

miscarriage + depression 
fetal death + depression 


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