What is Perinatal Loss?

  • Perinatal loss includes miscarriage (fetal death before 20 weeks), stillbirth (after 20 weeks), and death of an infant in the first 28 days of life.
  • About 650,000 women in the United States experience perinatal loss each year.
  • Of these losses, miscarriages occur in about 10-15% of recognized pregnancies.
  • Stillbirths occur in 1 in 160 live births and neonatal death occurs in an additional 1 in 145 live births.

Perinatal Loss and Major Depression

  • Some women adjust to perinatal loss without depression, but others may feel depressed or experience conflict with their partner.
  • Women with a perinatal loss are 2-3 times more likely to develop major depression in the months after their loss than women without a loss.

Some Symptoms of Depression include:

  • Feelings of sadness or emptiness
  • Losing pleasure or interest in things you usually enjoy
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Consistent difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Losing weight or loss of appetite
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
  • Hopelessness or purposelessness