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Mothers' Perceptions of Benefits of Perinatal Loss Support Offered at a Major University Hospital

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This qualitative research investigated the perception of mothers regarding hospital support after perinatal loss. Twelve in-depth interviews demonstrated that the mothers recalled the circumstances of the loss. Most identified the hospital's support services and made comments on aspects of hospital support as influential in grief recovery. Most interviewees considered themselves somewhat recovered from the loss.

Keywords: hospital support protocol; neonatal death; preterm loss; stillbirth

Document Type: Standard Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812401X88165

Affiliations: NANCY ANNE SANCHEZ is the Perinatal Education Coordinator at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California.

Publication date: April 1, 2001

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