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Concealed pregnancy and newborn abandonment: a contemporary 21st century issue Part 1

Sylvia Murphy Tighe

Doctoral Midwifery Student and Health Research Board Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin

Professor Joan Lalor

Associate Professor of Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

 (June 2016)

This two-part series explores the phenomenon of concealed pregnancy and the association with newborn abandonment, with reference to recent cases of public interest. In Part 1 we focus on defining concealed pregnancy as a complex process which involves hiding a pregnancy, that can lead to tragic consequences such as maternal or neonatal morbidity or mortality (Murphy Tighe and Lalor 2016; Chen et al 2007). The psychosocial issues involved will also be presented (Murphy Tighe and Lalor 2016).