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:10/13/2015)... ... 2015 , ... According to an ESPN report published on October ... accidentally elbowed him in the left eye during the first day of practice for ... a series of setbacks, including a knee injury that has interfered with his ability ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Irving, TX (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 ... ... has tapped Dr. Bill Saye as the newest professional to introduce the latest ... Saye is highly recognized as a leading professional in Obstetrics and Gynecology and ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of ... enrolling and serving insurance consumers who do not have a bank account, which ... premiums. In “Health Plan Engagement Strategies: The ABCs of Serving Consumers Who Don’t ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... smoke-free communities, and the Florida Apartment Association (FAA) has partnered with the Florida ... communities meet the demand. , The FAA Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Program launched ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... Just under ... would-be customers, eMarketing Concepts began a $1 promotion – effectively offering all of their ... success, and within weeks the company was flooded with phone calls from interested buyers. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2015)... Apheresis is an invasive process that involves ... other components from whole blood. In this procedure, the blood ... apheresis machine or a blood cell separator. The apheresis equipment ... blood components. A selected part of the blood is removed, ... the patient. It involves the use of devices and disposables ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... Corporation (NASDAQ: LMNX ) today announced that it expects ... 2015 on Monday, November 2, 2015. A press release announcing ... trading. --> --> ... highlights and financial results for the third quarter ended September ... time. . Simply log on to ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... 2015 This study focuses on China,s ... the two past decades, the industry has been growing at ... and rising consumer consumptions in China ... China is one of the world,s ... economies in the world, China is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: