Reproductive Loss and Its Impact on the Next Pregnancy

  • Irving G. LeonEmail author
Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)


Reproductive loss is identified as a unique loss due to the mother’s relationship to the fetus or baby she didn’t get to know. Elements of this loss are discussed as are the differences among the range of reproductive losses. While much of the research and clinical literature focuses on normative or maladaptive grieving, many of the ingredients of resilience–including making meaning, continuing bonds, posttraumatic growth, and having a positive and active engagement in life–are elaborated. Many clinical suggestions are offered, especially the challenges of supporting the mother in the often anxious pregnancy following this loss. An empathic responsiveness to the mother’s distress and concerns is cited as the critical ingredient in whatever interventions are chosen


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Michigan Health SystemAnn ArborUSA

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