Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
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edited by James R. Woods, Jr, and Jenifer L. Esposito Woods, 546 pp, $34.95, ISBN 0-9655310-0-7, Pitman, NJ, Janetti Publications, 1997.
This multidisciplinary text examines the biologic background and psychological aftermath of the loss of a child during pregnancy or the neonatal period. The thrust is to help practitioners assist parents in working through their grief and coming to an acceptance of the loss. In exploring the psychological background for grief and the unique grief experienced with the loss of a child, this book makes a useful contribution to medical education.
Although the book covers a number of types of loss (including early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, neonatal loss, sudden infant death syndrome, termination of abnormal pregnancies, adolescent pregnancy loss, and the loss of a child through adoption), what stands out for me is how similar the grief responses are and how great is the need for empathy and compassion when dealing with bereaved parents.
Pregnancy and Newborn LossLoss During Pregnancy or in the Newborn Period: Principles of Care With Clinical Cases and Analysis. JAMA. 1998;279(10):803. doi:10.1001/jama.279.10.803-JBK0311-5-1