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Revista chilena de obstetricia y ginecología

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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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