The psychological, social, and economic impact of stillbirth on families

Murphy, Samantha and Cacciatore, Joanne (2017). The psychological, social, and economic impact of stillbirth on families. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 22(3) pp. 129–134.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.siny.2017.02.002

Abstract

This article reviews the current state of psychological, social, and economic research into the impact of stillbirth on families. We argue that whereas the knowledge we have of the experiential aspects of stillbirth is increasing, there is still much that remains to be uncovered especially in respect of the impact that seeing the baby may have on mental health. Moreover, the experience of particular social groups merits further work, most notably regarding same-sex couples and surrogates, mothers and fathers drawn from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as well as those from lower socio-economic groups. Particular attention needs to be paid to the economic impact of stillbirth on families, whether this is from a perspective that focuses on the family or the wider society in which they live.

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