Risk of Fetal Death 2X Higher in Antipsychotic-Exposed Pregnancies


Researchers at Aarhus University, in a study of 1,005,319 pregnancies from the nationwide Danish registries, found that any prescription of antipsychotic medications redeemed by pregnant women from 1997 to 2008 was associated with a 2X greater risk of stillbirth.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. I am sure this is because their “disease” caused them to miscarry in some way. It could not be the drugs, because that would mean the authorities would have to actually think about what they’re doing to people’s bodies.

    Or else they’ll say, “Oh, it’s very said, but the benefits outweigh the risks.”

    —- Steve

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  2. Once on an antipsychotic it is tough to get off. So say an 18 year old is having a tough time and the psychiatrist gives them abilfy, or zyprexa, or whatever. well, your basically saying oh ya and that whole reproducing thing? not for you. MORE research like this needs to come out!!!

    I repeat: once on these things, it is hard to come off without brutal withdrawal!!!!

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  3. I have shared my feeling that the Phenergan I was prescribed for 5 months during my son’s pregnancy for severe morning sickness ( that landed me in the hospital with dehydration ) caused his developmental/neurological/spectrum issues…This study confirms what I already feared….it makes me sick that any woman of childbearing age does not know the effects of these drugs on her baby…I found out later that there were non-drug alternative treatments that I was not offered…that I used successfully in my second and third pregnancies…This sickens me…thank you for getting the word out to people.

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