The psychological, social, and economic impact of stillbirth on families

Samantha Murphy, Joanne Cacciatore

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    This article reviews the current state of psychological, social, and economic research into the impact of stillbirth on families. We argue that whereas the knowledge we have of the experiential aspects of stillbirth is increasing, there is still much that remains to be uncovered especially in respect of the impact that seeing the baby may have on mental health. Moreover, the experience of particular social groups merits further work, most notably regarding same-sex couples and surrogates, mothers and fathers drawn from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as well as those from lower socio-economic groups. Particular attention needs to be paid to the economic impact of stillbirth on families, whether this is from a perspective that focuses on the family or the wider society in which they live.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)129-134
    Number of pages6
    JournalSeminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jun 2017


    • Bereavement
    • Economic
    • Psychological
    • Social
    • Stillbirth

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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