Womens lives are marked by a series of physical events, which may or may not be expected, including pregnancy, illness, foetal malformation or death, and menopause. What effect do these events have? How do women cope and live with them? The reply to these questions is given here by the top specialists in the field, including psychoanalysts, gynaecologists, and philosophers.
Miscarriages, medical terminations of a pregnancy, embryonic destructions, perinatal mortalities these babies born prematurely dont even have the chance to be properly recognised as a part of this world, leaving their parents to solitude, grief and even a sense of guilt. Isnt it natural that the parents, even if it is painful for them, want to see their child, to name him, to register his existence ? That they need to follow the rituals of bereavement and record the child in the family history ? Doctors, midwives, anthropologists, philosophers, and psychoanalysts ask themselves what their role is when faced with this kind of sudden death, which has the capacity to affect so intensely other lives : how, they ask, can we help these patients along the road of their bereavement ?