Denial of pregnancy: population based study

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 23 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:458
  1. Jens Wessel, senior lecturer,
  2. Ulrich Buscher (, senior lecturer
  1. Department of Obstetrics, Charité, Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Humboldt-University, 13353 Berlin, Germany
  1. Correspondence to: U Buscher
  • Accepted 10 December 2001

The prevalence of denial of pregnancy, a woman's lack of awareness of being pregnant, is not reliably known. Few studies describe large numbers of cases, 1 2 but descriptions of 27 and 28 patients at a single obstetric hospital led to estimates of one denied pregnancy in 300-600 pregnancies. 3 4 However, these numbers were determined within a more or less random observation period and are lacking an epidemiological relevance.

Methods and results

Between 1 July 1995 and 30 June 1996 we asked all 19 obstetric hospitals and five obstetrics and midwives' practices in the Berlin metropolitan area to report cases of women who were not aware of being pregnant and did not …

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