Comparison of perinatal grief after dilation and evacuation or labor induction in second trimester terminations for fetal anomalies

Gary A. Burgoine, Samuel D. Van Kirk, Jillian Romm, Alison B. Edelman, Sig Linda Jacobson, Jeffrey T. Jensen

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Abstract

Objective: This study was undertaken to compare grief resolution after dilation and evacuation (D&E) or induction of labor (IOL) for second-trimester pregnancy termination. Study design: A prospective cohort of 49 women choosing second-trimester abortion caused by fetal anomalies by either medical IOL or D&E. Depression was evaluated by using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and bereavement was assessed by using the Perinatal Grief Scale with follow-up to 12 months after pregnancy termination. Data were analyzed with χ2 tests, Mann-Whitney U tests, and independent and paired sample t tests. Results: There was no significant difference in depression incidence on enrollment (61.9% D&E, 53.8% IOL, P = .579), at 4 months (23.5% D&E, 14.3% IOL, P = .252) or 12 months (27.3% D&E, 20.0% IOL, P = .696) or on the PGS at 4 months (74.1 vs 90.2, P = .351) or 12 months (73.3 vs 86.4, P = .658). Conclusion: There is no significant difference in grief resolution among women who terminate a desired pregnancy by either medical or surgical abortion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1928-1932
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Volume192
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005

Keywords

  • Fetal anomalies
  • Labor induction
  • Perinatal loss
  • Second-trimester abortion
  • Stillbirth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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