Women Who Deny or Hide Pregnancies Get Little Psychiatric Care

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Women who go to great lengths to hide their pregnancies or even convince themselves they are not pregnant until giving birth may not be getting the psychiatric care they need, according to a new survey.

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In their study of more than 30,000 birth records at a Midwestern urban hospital, Susan Hatters Friedman, M.D., of Case Western Reserve University, and colleagues found that pregnancy denial and concealment is relatively rare, occurring in only 0.26 percent of all deliveries.

However, fewer than 5 percent

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