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Is grieving normal if you find out your unborn baby has a life-threatening illness?

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Not all expectant parents feel it's OK to mourn the loss of a child they may never know.

It's usually helpful to grieve and talk about your grief with your partner. Couples need to understand that each individual grieves differently. Some couples say their marriages were saved after they understood that their spouses were mourning just as intensely as they were, even though they showed less outward emotion.

From: Neonatal Palliative Care: Focus on Life WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Carter, B.S. , November 2004. Pediatric Annals

Chrastek, J.R. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Gale, G. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

List, S. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Reilly-Smorawski, B. , January 2002. Death Studies

Toce, S. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Tyler, M. K. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Terri Major-Kincade, MD, Neonatologist, Pediatrix Medical Group, Richardson, Texas.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Carter, B.S. , November 2004. Pediatric Annals

Chrastek, J.R. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Gale, G. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

List, S. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Reilly-Smorawski, B. , January 2002. Death Studies

Toce, S. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Tyler, M. K. , February 2007. ChiPPS Pediatric Palliative Care Newsletter

Terri Major-Kincade, MD, Neonatologist, Pediatrix Medical Group, Richardson, Texas.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 09, 2018

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