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Loss in a Mulitple Pregnancy

  • Describes how midwives can relay bad new to parents and support them whilst in hospital
  • Explains the birth process and what options are available
  • Case studies describing the meeting of both 'twins' and dealing with the loss of one and survival of the other
  • The importance of creating memories is explained
  • A list of things a midwife should never say to a parent who has lost a twin
  • The difference forms of support a midwife can offer are provided
This chapter explains the circumstances of a/many losses in a multiple pregnancy and the support midwives can offer to the grieving parents. It guides midwives on how to help the parents handle the loss of one child, yet the acceptance and celebration of the surviving child. Also provided are guidelines on how to break the bad news, what not to say to grieving parents and how to help them 'say goodbye'.

Contents include

  • Definition
  • Breaking Bad News
  • Support While In Hospital After Bad News Is Broken
  • Living With The Loss
  • The Birth
  • Meeting The Babies
  • The Living And The Dead
  • Creating Memories
  • Breastfeeding The Surviving Twin
  • A Special Situation
  • Discharge Preparation
  • Longer-Term Issues
  • Support
  • Saying Goodbye
  • References
  • Interesting Research Articles
  • Recommended Reading
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Author / Editor Biographies

Midwife - academic - still birth
Dr Jane Warland is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia (UniSA). She is the proud mother of five children (including Emma who was stillborn at term in 1993). She is the loving Nan to two grandchildren. She worked as a midwife from 1988-2007, gaining her PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2007 and has been an academic staff member in the School of Nursing and Midwifery since early 2008. She teaches undergraduate midwifery students a range of topics, including perinatal mental health, grief and loss, research methods, and complica...

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