Initial Impact of Perinatal Loss on Mothers and Their Partners

Laia Delgado, Jesus Cobo, Cristina Giménez, Genís Felip Fucho-Rius, Stephanie Sammut, Laia Martí, Cristina Lesmes Heredia, Salut Puig, Noemí Obregón, Yolanda Canet, Diego Palao

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Abstract

(1) Background: Perinatal Loss affects one in ten women worldwide. It is known to have a deep impact on the physical and psychological wellbeing of the mother. Moreover, there is a lack of information in regard to gender differences. The role of culture, environment, personal characteristics, and gender is yet to be determined in most reports; (2) Objective and Methods: Our aim is to study the initial impact of perinatal losses in an unselected sample of couples, focusing on gender differences. We conducted a longitudinal prospective study with 29 mothers and 17 fathers. Upon discharge from the hospital, they filled out the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), among others. After one-month post-loss, they performed the EPDS and the Short Version of the Perinatal Grief Scale. We used descriptive statistics for the sample and non-parametric tests for the comparison of gender; (3) Results: We found no gender differences in initial depressive symptoms, nor in depressive symptoms, perinatal grief symptoms, or grief level (total scores or complicated grief) one month after the loss; (4) Conclusions: we need to better understand the psychological evolution of couples in cases of perinatal loss without falling into preconceived ideas about the influence of gender.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1304
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Perinatal losses
  • Mothers
  • Fathers
  • Partners
  • Grief
  • Gender
  • Outcomes

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