Perinatal loss and parental bereavement

Am J Psychiatry. 1989 May;146(5):635-9. doi: 10.1176/ajp.146.5.635.


The authors studied 25 middle-class pregnant women and their husbands who had experienced perinatal losses (16 miscarriages, seven stillbirths, and two neonatal deaths) within the previous 2 years. The Perinatal Bereavement Scale was designed to determine whether parents who have experienced a late perinatal loss (stillbirth or neonatal death) display more unresolved grief during a subsequent pregnancy and during the postnatal period than parents who have experienced a miscarriage. A three-factor repeated measures analysis of variance indicated significantly greater grief for the late-loss group, for the mothers, and during the pregnancy preceding the birth of the viable child.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Spontaneous*
  • Adult
  • Fathers / psychology
  • Female
  • Fetal Death*
  • Grief*
  • Humans
  • Infant Mortality*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Mothers / psychology
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Personality Inventory
  • Pregnancy
  • Psychometrics
  • Social Class