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February 1974

Maternal Reaction to the Loss of Multiple Births: A Case of Septuplets

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

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.