- Women find support during pregnancy after perinatal loss from a specialty clinic, the Pregnancy After Loss Clinic (PALC).
Why this matters
- Pregnancy after loss is associated with increased anxiety, vigilance, and bonding issues.
- Themes identified: overall experience, unique experience of pregnancy after perinatal loss, support from PALC, experiences of other services, recommendations for improvement, need for alternative services, advice mother to mother.
- Overall, women felt positive about their PALC experience.
- Women had anxiety, mixed emotions, anger, a reluctance to embrace the pregnancy, and guilt over pregnancy.
- Women often expressed feeling compassion for other women who also experienced fetal loss.
- Women felt a lack of support from family alone.
- Women had positive feelings about seeing providers consistently who knew their history; they appreciated the regular contact and availability of the PALC team.
- Women liked the validation they received.
- Women with a history of perinatal loss who became pregnant were referred to the PALC, a specialized hospital-based clinic for women with a history of perinatal loss, at the Mater Mothers' Hospital (n=10).
- Semi-structured interviews were used to gain data about their experiences.
- Funding: The Mater Foundation.
- Small sample size.
- No control group.
- No evaluation of cost.