Issues of perinatal loss and subsequent pregnancy addressed through specialized clinic
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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 provide...