Perinatal loss: the provider's perspective

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  • Perinatal loss has a significant, but largely unacknowledged effect on healthcare providers. 

Why this matters

  • Studies of the effects of perinatal death are mainly focused on the patient.
  • Healthcare professionals that experience perinatal death report emotional stress, posttraumatic stress disorder, and burnout.
  • Healthcare professionals may have unmet needs from experience with perinatal death.

Key results

  • 2 main themes and 8 subthemes identified.
  • Healthcare professionals reported that dealing with perinatal loss was stressful and emotional, they often felt ill-prepared, guilty, overwhelmed, and burnt out.
  • Lack of experience increased negative feelings.
  • Healthcare professionals experienced physical symptoms including headaches, fatigue, and irritability.
  • Coping strategies included talking with friends or colleagues, exercising, praying, journaling, and focusing on...