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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Jun;192(6):1928-32.

Comparison of perinatal grief after dilation and evacuation or labor induction in second trimester terminations for fetal anomalies.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, USA. gburgoine@whallc.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study was undertaken to compare grief resolution after dilation and evacuation (D&E) or induction of labor (IOL) for second-trimester pregnancy termination.

STUDY DESIGN:

A prospective cohort of 49 women choosing second-trimester abortion caused by fetal anomalies by either medical IOL or D&E. Depression was evaluated by using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and bereavement was assessed by using the Perinatal Grief Scale with follow-up to 12 months after pregnancy termination. Data were analyzed with chi 2 tests, Mann-Whitney U tests, and independent and paired sample t tests.

RESULTS:

There was no significant difference in depression incidence on enrollment (61.9% D&E, 53.8% IOL, P = .579), at 4 months (23.5% D&E, 14.3% IOL, P = .252) or 12 months (27.3% D&E, 20.0% IOL, P = .696) or on the PGS at 4 months (74.1 vs 90.2, P = .351) or 12 months (73.3 vs 86.4, P = .658).

CONCLUSION:

There is no significant difference in grief resolution among women who terminate a desired pregnancy by either medical or surgical abortion.

PMID:
15970853
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2005.02.064
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