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Title: Subsequent pregnancy following perinatal loss
Author: Watts, Louise K.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2720 7618
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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Perinatal loss is common and can be devastating. Although the impact of perinatal loss is beginning to be recognised, many individuals still feel the subject to be taboo. The first paper presents a review of the literature focusing on the impact of miscarriage and stillbirth in the subsequent pregnancy, and on attachment in the subsequent pregnancy. There is some evidence to suggest that psychological distress following perinatal loss extends into, and can be reactivated in subsequent pregnancy. Research which has focused upon attachment in subsequent pregnancy following perinatal loss has not been conclusive. The second paper explores eleven women's thoughts and feelings about subsequent pregnancy, six to ten months following stillbirth. Modified grounded theory was used to guide the research methodology and analyse the data. A model was developed to illustrate participant's experiences of decision making in relation to subsequent pregnancy, and of subsequent pregnancy itself. The process of healing underpinned the model. Women in these circumstances may find it beneficial to discuss their beliefs about healing, and how these contribute to their thoughts and feelings about subsequent pregnancy, as well as their experiences of subsequent pregnancy.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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