Navigation Links
Women Who Deny or Hide Pregnancies Get Little Psychiatric Care

Women who go to great lengths to hide their pregnancies or even convince themselves they are not pregnant until giving birth may not be getting// the psychiatric care they need, according to a new survey.

In their study of more than 30,000 birth records at a Midwestern urban hospital, Susan Hatters Friedman, M.D., of Case Western Reserve University, and colleagues found that pregnancy denial and concealment is relatively rare, occurring in only 0.26 percent of all deliveries.

However, fewer than 5 percent — four of 81 of these reluctant new mothers — received psychiatric referrals, “although infants were frequently discharged to the care of mothers who had denied or concealed their existence until birth,” the researchers write in the issue of the journal Psychosomatics.

Friedman said health-care workers seem to be “relatively insensitive” to seeing these unusual pregnancies as a possible trigger for psychiatric evaluations.

The small number of referrals may “indicate an important missed opportunity for psychiatric intervention,” she said.

Friedman said that in extreme cases, denial or concealment could be a risk factor in neonaticide, where children are killed shortly after birth by their parents.

Dr. Marcia Herman-Giddens, Dr.P.H., of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, has compiled one of the more extensive neonaticide databases in her study of infant deaths in North Carolina from 1985 to 2000. Although her research team had no way of verifying whether denial was a factor in these deaths, “my impression from reading the literature is that a portion, probably more than a minority of cases involve denial,” she said.

Although they are often lumped together, pregnancy denial and concealment are separate conditions. Women who conceal their pregnancies know they are pregnant but actively hide the fact from others. Women who deny their pregnancies convince themselves that the pregnancy does not exist.

When they began their study, Friedman and colleagues suspected that the women most likely to deny or hide pregnancies would be young, pregnant for the first time, less educated and likely to have been victims of abuse.

They did find that the women were on average in their early 20s and more likely to be living with their own mothers. But two-thirds of those who had denied their pregnancies and nearly half of those who concealed them had finished high school.

Women who denied their pregnancies were more likely to be employed than women — mostly students — who hid their pregnancies. For most of the women, the pregnancy was not their first, and the researchers uncovered few reports of abuse.

Source-Newswie
SRM
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Women suffer from sexual dysfunction too
2. Women find difficulty in calling it Quits
3. Women recognise faces better
4. Women more susceptible to brain damage from ecstasy
5. Good News For Women With Gestational Diabetes
6. Unsatisfactory Grade On Womens Health Issues
7. Risk for Pregnant Women
8. Womens strong sense of smell
9. Women need to exercise more to prevent obesity
10. Women benefit from consuming fish
11. Women are at risk with raised cholesterol
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... Ongoing news ... Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA) to conduct a survey that takes a closer look ... released today illustrates the prevalence and causes of TBI among the aging population, and ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a ... for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015 on Monday, February ... and webcast for the investment community following the release at 4:30 PM ET. Investors ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... ... For additional information contact Phyllis Strupp 480-488-5858 , Brain improves with age, ... Guide to Brain Training" by award-winning author Phyllis Strupp explains how brain ... 16, 2016. A free review copy is available to the media at NetGalley ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... IDEX Health & Science, LLC announces the ... columns combine the strength of traditional stainless steel with the chemical inertness of ... operating at ultra-high pressures of 20,000 psi. The higher operating pressures allow faster ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... The recreational ... cannabis enthusiasts in the state still face a lot of restrictions as to where ... is intended for private, personal use” and that cannabis “may not be consumed openly ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: GHDX ) today reported financial results ... 2015. --> --> Revenue was ... million in the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of 8 ... with the same period in the prior year. ... the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 9 percent compared ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... LEXINGTON, Massachusetts , February 10, 2016 --> ... Japan .  --> Japan .  ... Japan .  With submission, Shire continues to ... --> With submission, Shire continues to ... With submission, Shire continues to strengthen ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... and SAN DIEGO , Feb. ... a global leader in viral gene therapy manufacturing, and ... for congestive heart failure and other chronic diseases, have ... scalable manufacturing process and produce cGMP-grade RT-100 (Ad5.hAC6) Drug ... --> --> This ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: