“There is more talk about perinatal death, but it seems inconvenient to call it,” experts warn.

    “Inability to mourn publicly can make stillbirths seem like they never happened.
“Inability to publicly show grief can make it seem as if stillbirths never happened,” warns UNICEF (Getty)

It infant mortality accounts for a proportion of infant mortality and most of the causes of death belong to this stage perinatal. Among the main causes, according to the latest vital statistics available Ministry of Health of the Nationare Congenital defectschromosomal abnormalities and deformities, certain conditions occur perinatal periodmaternal illness, complications during pregnancy or external causes eg road traffic accidents, trauma, physical aggression against the mother and suicide to name a few.

For clarity, it is defined that perinatal period begins 22 weeks of pregnancy (when the weight of the fetus is usually 500 grams) and ends when they are finished seven days after birth.

In Argentina, 4,449 fetal deaths are registered annuallydespite the health portfolio document he had access to Infobae: it does not clarify how many of the 4,505 infant deaths occur in the first week of life.

Putting the pain of this situation into words is vital for mums and dads to be able to move on (Getty)
Putting the pain of this situation into words is vital for mums and dads to be able to move on (Getty)

According to UNICEF: Every 16 seconds there is a fetal death in the world. This means that approx two million babies are stillborn every year. In addition to the devastating loss of life, the psychological consequences for families, women and societies are serious and long-lasting, the agency warns.

Hence the need for movement Remembering our babies (Remembering our children) I saw while driving International Day of Mourning for Gestational, Perinatal and Neonatal Deathswhich is celebrated today.

The term was created for toast support for, education and awareness for those who have or who may know someone who has experienced a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or infant loss. “Many families mourn silently, sometimes they never come to terms with their loss,” says the movement.

When a child dies in the womb, they say the pregnancy has “terminated”, “tore off”, “there is no heartbeat”. It seems that at this stage of life it was difficult to call it death, as if it could not be talked about. Or it would not be right to express that pain.

Women and their partners who experience a stillbirth have higher rates of depression, anxiety and other psychological symptoms than the general population (Getty)
Women and their partners who experience a stillbirth have higher rates of depression, anxiety and other psychological symptoms than the general population (Getty)

Perinatal death is more common than known and which is talked about, but it seems socially awkward to make it visible and to name it.” A graduate of Psychology with such a call to convey pain in words Maria Agustina Capurro (MN 69748) began to explain Infobae: that “denying the existence of these deaths does not allow women to talk about it and share their experience with others.”

Robyn Bear, founder Remembering our babies In 2003, who would have imagined October 15, as a day when all grieving parents could come together and be surrounded by the love and support of their friends and family, “a day when the community can better understand their pain and learn how to reach out to those who are suffering.” “This will be a day to reflect on loss and embrace love. Although the lives of those babies were short, they were also very significant, he reflected on the date. However, there was no time to talk about them. Our society seems to have forgotten, or maybe just didn’t know how to get there.”

For Capurro, “today is a day of awareness to give birth to the death of these children, to call it because it is one of the most invisible fights.”

UNICEF He assures that “in some cultures, mothers are considered guilty for the death of the fetus. This can lead to social stigma or cause individual feelings of guilt or shame, which prevents mothers from openly expressing their pain for the loss.

“The inability to mourn publicly can make it seem as if stillbirths never happened. Of this type taboos, stigmas and misconceptions often silence families or affect the recognition and mourning of stillbirths, thereby contributing to their invisibility,” they emphasize.

October 15 marks the International Day of Mourning for Pregnancy, Perinatal and Neonatal Deaths (Getty)
October 15 marks the International Day of Mourning for Pregnancy, Perinatal and Neonatal Deaths (Getty)

Asked why it’s important to make it visible, and what if those deaths don’t hurt “well,” Capurro elaborated: Anonymous of this period. No one expects death in the perinatal periodwhich is the very moment that is absolutely connected with the vital.’

For a psychologist with a perinatal and reproductive orientation, “this general message, sometimes conveyed from the medical field, but also popular, about waiting the first three months before sharing pregnancy news is what it’s for.”

“That’s when the highest rate of miscarriage happens, but it’s also when you live in a lot of loneliness,” Capurro pointed out. It becomes invisible that this pregnancy was a family/couple or life project. The pregnancy of the child begins right before conception, when the desire is there.

According to UNICEF, “Women and partners of women with stillbirths have higher rates of depression, anxiety and other psychological symptoms, which can persist even after other pregnancies and the birth of a healthy baby.”

That’s why”give way to pain being able to verbalize it, to make room for it in history, in family history, to rite the departure, to give a name, and let that chosen name be the name by which the little one who has passed quickly through the life of this family, will allow to cultivate that is always unique and non-linear, but which requires anchors and accompanying support”.

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