Research Article

Management of perinatal loss of a twin.

BMJ 1988; 297 doi: (Published 19 November 1988) Cite this as: BMJ 1988;297:1321
  1. E. Lewis,
  2. E. M. Bryan
  1. Perinatal Bereavement Unit, Tavistock Clinic, London.


    The death of a twin during pregnancy or around birth gives rise to a bewildering confusion of thoughts and feelings that can impede mourning and disturb the bereaved mother's care of a surviving twin. Every effort should be made to give the parents and siblings an experience of the dead baby. Photographs especially can reduce confusion and assist reality testing and thus facilitate the grieving process and improve the care of the surviving twin.