Navigation Links
When Babies Die, Obstetricians Suffer, Too

Stillbirths, infant deaths caused one in 10 docs to consider giving up practice, survey says

MONDAY, July 21 (HealthDay News) -- The emotional toll of stillbirths and infant deaths has led one in 10 obstetricians to consider giving up their practice, according to a University of Michigan Health System survey of 804 obstetricians.

About three-quarters of the respondents said stillbirths and infant deaths had a profound effect due to feelings such as anxiety, guilt and stress. The findings were published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

"We know that stillbirth and infant death are traumatic events for families; this study suggests that they are also traumatic for the physician," study author Dr. Katherine Gold, of U-M's departments of family medicine and of obstetrics and gynecology, said in a news release.

A typical American obstetrician performing 140 deliveries a year could deal with almost two dozen women with a miscarriage and one to two women with stillbirth or infant death, the researchers said.

"Obstetricians want to see a healthy baby. When a fetus or baby dies, the loss can be devastating for the physician. Half of the time, the medical cause of a stillbirth is unknown, but physicians may struggle with feelings of guilt or self-blame," Gold said. "When a fetus or baby dies, we focus on the family's needs, but obstetricians are often struggling with their own emotions, too."

The survey also found that 43 percent of obstetricians said they worried about disciplinary or legal action due to a perinatal death with no identified cause. Stillbirths are the second leading reason for lawsuits against U.S. obstetricians.

The findings also suggested that improved training would help obstetricians. Those who said they'd had adequate bereavement training were less likely to report having considered leaving practice due to the emotional toll of perinatal death. And respondents who believed their training was adequate were less likely to worry about disciplinary or legal action when cause of death was unknown.

Two-thirds of the respondents supported the idea of training by formal presentations or seminars, and almost half backed informal gatherings for obstetricians to discuss difficult experiences. Many said a meeting with bereaved parents would be a helpful training approach.

More information

The Compassionate Friends has more about stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Michigan Health System, news release, June 30, 2008

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Breast-Fed Babies Have Fewer GI Infections
2. Statement of the Leapfrog Group on Hospital Overdose of Up to 17 Babies at CHRISTUS Spohn
3. 4 Million Babies Born Each Year in United States; $8 Million That Shows You Care About All of Them!
4. Heavy birthweight babies twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis
5. Crocodile Babies Cry Out for Hatching
6. Governor and Lt. Governor Celebrate Eight Years of Safe Haven Babies
7. Study Shows Mothers Who Take Chlorella Boost Babies Antibodies During Breast Feeding
8. Vusion Baby Bottom Line Report: Many Moms Dont Know that Their Babies Irritated Skin Could Indicate a Severe Diaper Rash that Requires Medical Treatment
9. Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital NICU Ranks #2 in Country
10. First-born babies higher asthma and allergy rates due to pregnancy conditions
11. Mothers prenatal stress predisposes their babies to asthma and allergy
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Consistent with the Radiology Business Management ... Radiology Marketing Programs meeting will showcase some of the best 2015 radiology ... Palace in Las Vegas with a pre-conference session on a collaborative approach for ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The moment you stop ... not only fulfilling the needs of advisers and clients but going above and ... providing top-tier customer service. However, there's always room for improvement, which is why ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The men and women ... healthcare organizations in the country. They have overseen financial turnarounds, shown commitment to ... the healthcare industry as a whole through their advocacy and professional efforts. , ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Indosoft Inc., developer and ... of Asterisk 11 LTS (Long Term Support) into its Q-Suite 5.10 product line. ... 5.10 up-to-date with a version of Asterisk that will receive not only security ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... system for diagnostic imaging in the Waterloo region. Using the Ocean Platform, family ... tests directly from their electronic medical record (EMR) without the need for redundant ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)...  Linden Care, LLC, a retail specialty pharmacy focused ... suffering from chronic pain, said today that it is ... (TRO) enjoining Express Scripts from unilaterally terminating the Pharmacy ... --> --> The company said that ... --> --> In ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... USA , Inc., a leader in ... accuracy of its blood glucose meter systems. Last week ... Cardiovascular Disease in Los Angeles , ... 01 meter and the Assure ® Prism multi-user ... measure glucose levels in blood is essential for people ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... DUBLIN , Nov. 25, 2015 Allergan plc ... an agreement with the New York State ... 2 of the Sherman Act, and other statutes with the ... in February 2014, to cease marketing and selling the now ... of settlement, Allergan admits no liability, has released its counterclaims ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: