Medical abortion is a “complex situation for parents and medical staff alike”. Drawing attention to this fact, obstetric personnel are calling for specific “support”.
They describe the reality of a medical abortion: explanations regarding the abortion per se, administrative procedures (family leaflet, autopsy, first name, and incineration), foeticide performed under epidural anaesthesia, expulsion of the dead foetus and the possible presentation of the foetus to the parents. These procedures “are distressful, not only for the parents but also for the professionals concerned”. Gynaecologists/obstetricians and midwives are “divided between concepts of care and death”. They feel that they are in need of “psychological support”.
La Croix (10/12/2016)