A study from the University of Michigan discovered that yes, couples who lose a baby are highly likely to break up. Not really new or startling, but I suppose we can be grateful someone is drawing attention to that fact. This is the link to the study and a few paragraphs from the press release:
"ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Couples are more likely to break up after the loss of a pregnancy and unmarried couples are at even higher risk, according to new Universityof Michigan Health System research published today.
The study published in the journal Pediatrics is the first national study to look at the effect of pregnancy loss—by miscarriage or stillbirth--on relationship outcomes. It’s also the first to establish that parental relationships have a higher risk of dissolving after miscarriage or stillbirth compared to those who have a live birth.
Over a 15-year period, couples who miscarried had a 22 percent higher risk of experiencing a break-up while couples who experienced a stillbirth had a 40 percent higher risk of their relationship ending. For a miscarriage, the risk persists up to three years after the loss. For stillbirths, it persists up to nine years after the loss, according to research data."
I know my marriage suffered greatly after Ben died--we almost didn't survive his death. What was your experience? Did your marriage suffer as a result, or bring you closer?