Parenting the next child in the shadow of death

Reid, Marguerite (2013) Parenting the next child in the shadow of death. In: Becoming parents and overcoming obstacles: Understanding the experience of miscarriage, premature births, infertility, and postnatal depression. Karnac, London, pp. 61-77. ISBN 9781782200185

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This chapter focuses on the experience of both parents when they lose a baby and the way they describe their feelings about the conception of their next infant. It then describes the difficulties some mother's encounter during this pregnancy and following the birth. The chapter considers the difficulties experienced by some children when their birth follows the death of a baby or child. This chapter presents some clinical works of author to illustrate these points. Cudmore and Judd stress the need, following the loss of a baby, for each member of the couple to act as a 'psychological container or a secure base' for his or her partner, so that within this containing experience each partner might be helped to work through his or her grief. Falling in love is an important part of the relationship between the parental couple and their new infant.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: First published in Italian in 2010
Subjects: Families > Parent Child Relations/Parenthood
Department/People: Honorary Staff

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