WTF Is Pregnancy Denial?

Condition may be factor in baby killings
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2010 4:11 AM CDT
WTF Is Pregnancy Denial?
Women with this condition don't realize or accept they are with child.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It's a good question. Why, asks Bruce Crumley in TIME, are French women killing their babies? It may have something to do with a little known, "quasi-schizophrenic" phenomenon called "pregnancy denial," he finds. Women with this condition "either don't realize or cannot accept that they are with child," a doctor says. And, he adds, it's not a French-only thing.

Women can become "so convinced pregnancy is impossible that once the child they never wanted arrives, they don't accept it as real and get rid of it," the doctor says. Or, as one psychologist tells the Independent, for some women a baby "is viewed more as an inconvenience, and something to be got rid of in the same way as you get rid of the trash."
(Read more infanticide stories.)

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