Health guidelines for pregnancy after perinatal loss

Health guidelines for pregnancy after perinatal loss

Ana Rivas Molina (1), Fátima Vera-Constán (1,2)

(1) Asociación de Psicología Perinatal de Murcia. (2) Universidad de Murcia

Introduction
A new pregnancy, for those who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a baby at or after birth, is an especially sensitive and potentially vulnerable period, that often requires professional support tailored to the physiological and psychological needs of the mother-to-be.

Description
A new pregnancy after the loss of a baby may cause a high level of stress that should be dealt with all through the gestation period. The stories and experiences shared by the women that attend the Grieving Parents Support Group lead by the Asociación de Psicología Perinatal Murcia (APPM), highlight the need of healthcare professionals with specific training that can provide quality attention.
From the knowledge of experience, we propose to create a Counseling Guide for Pregnancy after Perinatal Loss that collects required information to be able to plan the process of labor and delivery to avoid stressful situations. The objective of the guide is twofold: (a) to continue raising the awareness and visibility ofperinatal grief, and (b) to offer quality healthcare able to cover all aspects of a human being. Once completed, the guide will be made available through primary health care centers and hospitals in Murcia, in paper and digital format (through QR codes). The APPM also has the support and collaboration of the association of midwives at the Hospital Clínico Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca of Murcia.

Summary
The specific needs of these kinds of pregnancies supported by healthcare professionals with specific training, awareness and empathy. The creation of this Guidelines implies a recognition of the situations suffered during perinatal grief, and the circumstances and symptomatology associated with the new pregnancy. In addition, the guide helps improve the training of medical personnel and enables the future mother to trust again in the public health service.

Ethics statement
No ethics approval required

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