“Because many do not anticipate or understand the grief response associated with a pregnancy loss, they may feel as if they are going mad when their emotions catch up with them.” Types of Pregnancy loss. Impact of early pregnancy loss on mothers, fathers, relationships. Complicated grief. Creating rituals and memories. Implications for hospital staff and counsellors. Case examples.
“It is not unusual for the woman to find herself restless, agitated and grieving around the anniversary date of the abortion, and also around what would have been the baby’s birthday.” Impact of crisis pregnancy on decision-making ability. Coping mechanisms after abortion. Post abortion symptoms. High risk factors for post abortion trauma. Anniversary grief. Men and abortion. Replacing the loss. Factors underlying crisis pregnancy. Recommendations. Case examples.
“A client’s quick decision to terminate may actually reflect an attitude of hopelessness on the part of the doctor or counsellor.” Psychological implications of pregnancy. Reactions to pre-natal testing and unfavourable diagnosis. Termination: factors in decision making. The role of the counsellor. Post abortion counselling. Case examples.
“It is important that the male finds an outlet for his grief - talking about the experience helps make it seem more real and provides a release from the anguish, fear, anger and the disappointment that is often involved in pregnancy loss.” Emotional reactions to loss. Bonding to the unborn child. Neglected grief. Case examples.