Research Article

Inhibition of mourning by pregnancy: psychopathology and management.

Br Med J 1979; 2 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.6181.27 (Published 07 July 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;2:27

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  1. E Lewis

    Abstract

    A bereavement during pregnancy is difficult to mourn: a pregnant woman is so increasingly preoccupied with the new life that mourning is interrupted and often impossible to resume later. This may lead to idealisation of the child as a reincarnation of the dead person or child abuse. A bereaved woman should be helped to mourn at the time of death and to keep alive the expectation of future mourning once her baby is thriving.