Conceptualizing reproductive loss: a social sciences perspective

Earle, Sarah; Foley, Pam; Komaromy, Carol and Lloyd, Cathy E. (2008). Conceptualizing reproductive loss: a social sciences perspective. Human Fertility, 11(4) pp. 259–262.



This paper defines and explores reproductive loss and, drawing on a social sciences perspective, reflects on the lack of attention that has been given to the subject within the study of human fertility. The authors argue that whilst reproductive loss (broadly defined) is exceptionally common, scholars have – with some exceptions – focused on the study of reproductive ‘success’, and continue to do so. The paper examines the implications of this for policy, practice and the role of healthcare professionals and focuses on the significance of appreciating difference and diversity in the study of reproductive loss and the importance of placing such experiences within the social structure.

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