“Things change, things aren’t always a given”: Exploring the Experiences of Miscarriage: A Narrative Analysis.
Prof Doc Thesis
Rogers, M. 2020. “Things change, things aren’t always a given”: Exploring the Experiences of Miscarriage: A Narrative Analysis. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London School of Psychology https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.89496
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Introduction: Miscarriage continues to be a prevalent experience; one in four pregnancies will end in miscarriage and is the most common adverse outcome of pregnancy. It can be both emotionally and physically impactful, yet often goes unrecognised and rarely discussed. Literature reviewed highlighted the societal and medical discourses that surround pregnancy and motherhood, yet how such socio-political discourses influence a miscarriage experience have been seldomly explored. This alongside a lack of discussion on embodied experiences prompted an exploration of the ways individuals narrate and share their stories of miscarriage.
Discussion: Findings emphasise the ways in which individuals felt disempowered with limited self-agency, and viewed their subjective experiences as neglected. Due to the lack of available discourse and prevailing assumptions which link pregnancy and motherhood to female identity, miscarriage remains a stigmatised and marginalised experience. Implications of the findings are to support a social justice agenda in clinical practice, in order to reduce the silence and taboo associated with miscarriage. Furthermore, it is highlighted that working with the body in therapy may counter a mind/body dualism, which can facilitate raising awareness of subjective experience.
|Keywords||miscarriage; pregnancy loss; narrative analysis; visual methods|
|Publisher||University of East London|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.89496|
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|Online||28 Apr 2021|
|Publication process dates|
|Submitted||12 Nov 2020|
|Deposited||28 Apr 2021|
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