Father’s Emotional Response to Subsequent Pregnancy After Perinatal Loss

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Manning, Lindsey; Lewis, Alicia
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Examine father’s emotional response during subsequent pregnancy after previous perinatal loss as well as after the birth of healthy baby in comparison to fathers in first pregnancy. Pregnancies following perinatal loss can be powerful stressors for expectant fathers. They feel apprehension about the outcome of subsequent pregnancy may lead to significant and prolonged levels of depressive symptoms and anxiety. It is unclear the duration of psychological distress after birth of healthy infant, or other long-term consequences of history of perinatal loss on father’s developing attitudes toward themselves as parents and concerns about well-being of new infant.