In 1978, my first child died during childbirth. And only a few months later, my best friend, Susan Borg, had a similarly horrible experience. In our many conversations to help each other heal, we realized that we had both looked for something helpful to read and found nothing. We decided that we would try to fill that gap, and we began researching the literature and interviewing bereaved parents, family members, and professionals who had worked with bereaved families. The result was When Pregnancy Fails, Families Coping with Miscarriage, Ectopic Pregnancy, Stillbirth, and Infant Death, published by Beacon Press in 1981 and revised and published by Bantam Books in 1988.
The revised edition of When Pregnancy Fails: Families Coping with Miscarriage, Ectopic Pregnancy, Stillbirth, and Infant Death is available below for downloading. Subsequent research on pregnancy loss and the creation of the Perinatal Grief Scale are described here.
Chapter 6 – Infant Death