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Br J Psychiatry. 2001 Jun;178:556-60.

Incidence, correlates and predictors of post-traumatic stress disorder in the pregnancy after stillbirth.

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Department of Psychiatry, St George's Hospital Medical School, London. p.turton@sghms.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Many women may suffer psychological symptoms after stillbirth and in the subsequent pregnancy. Stillbirth has not been demonstrated previously to be a stressor for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

AIMS:

To assess incidence, correlates and predictors of PTSD during and after the pregnancy following stillbirth.

METHOD:

A cohort study of pregnant women whose previous pregnancy ended in stillbirth.

RESULTS:

PTSD symptoms were prevalent in the pregnancy following stillbirth. Case-level PTSD was associated with depression, state-anxiety and conception occurring closer to loss. Symptoms generally resolved naturally by 1 year post-partum (birth of healthy baby).

CONCLUSIONS:

Women are vulnerable to PTSD in the pregnancy subsequent to stillbirth, particularly when conception occurs soon after the loss.

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PMID:
11388974
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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