Suicide During Pregnancy?

Dr Shock
May 26, 2009

suicide pregnancy

True or false:

“ Pregnant women never commit suicide, they just don’t do it because it’s against human nature”

This is what experts declared to a murder trial jury in 1993 after the death of an 38 weeks pregnant woman. Because of this declaration, Eddy Gifoyle, who found his wife hanging in the garage is serving a life sentence for the murder of his pregnant wife.

This guest post was written by Veerle Bergink, psychiatrist, besides patient care especially perinatal psychiatry she is also busy on her PhD research project
Amazing that this actually happened in the UK, the cradle off perinatal psychiatry… Only 10 years later the article: suicide: the major cause of maternal death was published by Margeret Oates in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

More pregnant and postpartum mothers die because of suicide than die from infection, high blood pressure and hemorrhage combined. Furthermore depressive and anxiety states are very common during pregnancy.

In Rotterdam we do have a large in and outpatients clinic to treat all these perinatal conditions. Untreated depression and anxiety during pregnancy is not only harmful for the mother but also for the unborn child (it’s the potential next generation of patients suffering from psychiatric disorders).

Since recent a dutch website about perinatal psychiatry is available

This guest post is written by Veerle Bergink, psychiatrist, besides patient care especially in perinatal psychiatry, she is also doing her PhD research project

 

3 Responses to “Suicide During Pregnancy?”

  1. Nice article. I like your focus on decisions

  2. Jessica Gimort on December 4th, 2009 at 6:38 pm
  3. my son’s girlfriend was 6 mo preg when she hung herself. aug 11 2009. i feel very sad that someone would be put into prison for someone commiting suicide. that was the persons choice to end their life. not his. now he is paying for that.i do not believe that anyone can say it was his fault,was he there at that moment?did he hold a gun to her head and say do it or else?come on that jury and the judge will answer to a higher power one day for taking that man’s freadom when he has to be hurting inside more than anyone could know…..

  4. barbie winsenberg on September 10th, 2010 at 10:26 pm
  5. Watched my pregnant partner attempt self harm twice while on a drink binge for five months then tried to kill our unborn baby , five years later I am paying the price for not doing anything about it. I MISS MY SON. I dont blame you for how u feel,keep your head up.

  6. John Marnell on October 11th, 2011 at 8:23 pm
  1. Nice article. I like your focus on decisions

  2. Jessica Gimort on December 4th, 2009 at 6:38 pm
  3. my son’s girlfriend was 6 mo preg when she hung herself. aug 11 2009. i feel very sad that someone would be put into prison for someone commiting suicide. that was the persons choice to end their life. not his. now he is paying for that.i do not believe that anyone can say it was his fault,was he there at that moment?did he hold a gun to her head and say do it or else?come on that jury and the judge will answer to a higher power one day for taking that man’s freadom when he has to be hurting inside more than anyone could know…..

  4. barbie winsenberg on September 10th, 2010 at 10:26 pm
  5. Watched my pregnant partner attempt self harm twice while on a drink binge for five months then tried to kill our unborn baby , five years later I am paying the price for not doing anything about it. I MISS MY SON. I dont blame you for how u feel,keep your head up.

  6. John Marnell on October 11th, 2011 at 8:23 pm
  1. Nice article. I like your focus on decisions

  2. Jessica Gimort on December 4th, 2009 at 6:38 pm
  3. my son’s girlfriend was 6 mo preg when she hung herself. aug 11 2009. i feel very sad that someone would be put into prison for someone commiting suicide. that was the persons choice to end their life. not his. now he is paying for that.i do not believe that anyone can say it was his fault,was he there at that moment?did he hold a gun to her head and say do it or else?come on that jury and the judge will answer to a higher power one day for taking that man’s freadom when he has to be hurting inside more than anyone could know…..

  4. barbie winsenberg on September 10th, 2010 at 10:26 pm
  5. Watched my pregnant partner attempt self harm twice while on a drink binge for five months then tried to kill our unborn baby , five years later I am paying the price for not doing anything about it. I MISS MY SON. I dont blame you for how u feel,keep your head up.

  6. John Marnell on October 11th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

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