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Finding the positive in loss: stillbirth and its potential for parental empowerment

Murphy, Samantha Louise (2013). Finding the positive in loss: stillbirth and its potential for parental empowerment. Bereavement Care, 31(3) pp. 98–103.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/02682621.2012.740277
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Abstract

This paper reports on doctoral research that investigated parental experience of stillbirth. Drawing on in-depth interviews with ten couples and 12 mothers, it argues that while the experience of stillbirth is, to some extent, one that brings stigma, as parents recount feelings of failure and also their social difficulties following the loss, there are positives that may be taken from the experience. Far from being ‘passive victims of prejudice’ (Shih, 2004), parents are empowered to take action to improve local and, in some cases, national maternity services as well as raising awareness of stillbirth and breaking the silence that surrounds it.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Cruse Bereavement Care
ISSN: 1944-8279
Keywords: stillbirth; qualitative research; stigma; empowerment; status
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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Item ID: 33255
Depositing User: Sam Murphy
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2013 11:59
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 18:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/33255
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