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Expecting the Unexpected: Perspectives on Stillbirth and Late Termination of Pregnancy for Fetal Anomalies

DiMiceli-Zsigmond, Mary MD; Williams, Amanda K. MD; Richardson, Michael G. MD

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000512043.24924.bc
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(Anesth Analg. 2015;121:457–464)

Stillbirth or diagnosis of a life-limiting fetal anomaly is often a traumatic experience for mothers (6 and 3 in 1000 mothers, respectively), who may experience “insufferably hard” or “emotionally straining” peripartum periods. In these cases, there is a need for the obstetric anesthesiologist to deliver empathic, supportive care that promotes the psychological recovery of the patient. In this article, the authors described 2 relevant cases and reviewed the important issues surrounding stillbirth and late termination of pregnancies for fetal anomalies.

Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

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