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Revista chilena de obstetricia y ginecología

Print version ISSN 0048-766XOn-line version ISSN 0717-7526

Abstract

VALENZUELA, M. Teresa; BERNALES, Margarita  and  JANA, Paloma. Duelo perinatal: Perspectivas de los Profesionales de la Salud. Rev. chil. obstet. ginecol. [online]. 2020, vol.85, n.3, pp.281-305. ISSN 0048-766X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-75262020000300281.

Introduction:

Professionals play a significant role in the perinatal mourning. The relationship they established with parent in this process is critical in facilitating or hindering the quality of health care in this context.

Objective:

to understand the perspective of health care professionals in relation to perinatal grief.

Method:

A literature review was carried out in CINAHL, CUIDEN, PsycINFO, PubMed and the Google Scholar databases. A thematic analysis of the selected articles was carried out, allowing to define common thematic categories in these articles.

Results:

46 scientific articles, published in the last ten years, were obtained. Three topics were identified: 1) feelings experienced by professionals, including anxiety, guilt, anger, resignation, physical symptoms, frustration, avoidance and emotional pain; 2) needs related to support, such as emotional support, formal training and work experience that allows for a better approach with families and parents; and 3) facilitators of the process, where training, years of professional experience, self-confidence, peer support, multidisciplinary team, religious beliefs and institutional support stand out.

Conclusion:

Perinatal grief is a complex situation for parents who demand sensitive care. Professionals play a key role in comprehensive support for them, being a demanding process both personally and professionally. Undergraduate and postgraduate training is suggested, encouraging dialogue and support among teams. This would benefit family and professionals, providing effective and quality care in a situation of perinatal grief.

Keywords : Perinatal Duel; Health Professionals; Experiences; Perspectives; Meanings.

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