Therapeutic Educational Support for Families Pregnant After Loss (PAL): A Continued Bond/Attachment Perspective

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Abstract

Pregnancy following the loss of a baby is a complex journey that often requires supportive intervention to support attachment to a baby that follows. This article offers guidance in supporting parents during their pregnancy that follows a perinatal loss. Content is based on using the continued bond/attachment theories in a therapeutic educational group setting and in individual therapy sessions in clinical practice. Practical guidelines in working with parents to support their parenting relationship with a deceased baby while risking attachment to a new unborn baby are offered. This educational intervention can be useful in both a psychotherapeutic group setting and with individual clients.

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