Journal article

Neonatal death of a newborn twin

J Goeb, M Leblanc-Deshayes, L Coin, J Malka, C Bouderlique, R Duverger

ARCHIVES DE PEDIATRIE | ELSEVIER FRANCE-EDITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES MEDICALES ELSEVIER | Published : 2004

Abstract

In France, in 2001, 33,000 children were born from multiple pregnancies (4.2% of births). Lately, with the stimulated fertilization improvement, this number has strongly increased. These pregnancies are pretty often difficult and the hospitalizations of the twins (or other multiples) in a neonatal intensive care unit are more frequent than in a single pregnancy (48 vs. 5.3%). Newborn twin death leads the parents to face a tough mourning because of the surviving twin presence. The psychiatrist's function is crucial with the parents, the deceased child, the surviving child and the pediatric staff. Therefore, as much as possible, the psychiatrist (or the psychologist) has to gather and work thr..

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