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Article
February 1974

Maternal Reaction to the Loss of Multiple BirthsA Case of Septuplets

Author Affiliations

Santa Clara, Calif
From the Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Santa Clara, Calif.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1974;30(2):183-184. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1974.01760080043006
Abstract

A case of septuplet pregnancy secondary to ovarian hyperstimulation followed the administration of human menopausal gonadotropin (Pergonal).

All babies died within 12 hours and the maternal psychological reaction was reviewed in detail. Specific factors contributing to the subsequent favorable adjustment of the mother are discussed and recommendations for psychiatric consultation in cases of loss of multiple births are being made to facilitate the necessary grief process that is part of the course toward recovery and future motherhood.

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