Research has shown that pregnancy-related trauma is frequently devastating for couples. The lack of acknowledgement within the healthcare pathway effectively abandons patients to cope with complex grief unsupported and isolated, in a society where these issues remain poorly understood.
Unresolved distress manifests in different ways, commonly as anxiety disorders, postnatal depression or PTSD. Documented consequences also include increased rates of hospital admission, increased use of alcohol, a 40% increase in marital breakdown and psychological impact on existing children. Although grief is a normal and natural response to loss, the importance of providing quality care at this time has been repeatedly demonstrated.