Maternal Reaction to the Loss of Multiple Births

  • George M. Burnell
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


Throughout history the experience of multiple births has been associated with emotional and social stress for most mothers.1 This is particularly true because of the element of surprise, the concern over prematurity, and the anxiety over the potential loss of babies shortly after delivery.2 In this communication I report the emotional adjustment by parents who experienced a rare event: the birth and loss of a set of septuplets.


Premature Birth Multiple Birth Emotional Adjustment Human Menopausal Gonadotropin Birth Control Pill 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • George M. Burnell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryKaiser Permanente Medical CenterSanta ClaraUSA

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