The unique experiences of women and their families after the death of a baby

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Abstract

This study sought to discover the ways in which the woman's expe-rience of a baby's death affects her as an individual and within the family system. More specifically, this study asked: Does a woman's experience of stillbirth appear to have long-lasting effects, and what variables influence such changes? Expressed through their own narratives, it appears that a baby's death has long-lasting effects for a woman. Variables that affect her perceptual experience include social support, legitimization of her loss, opportunities for rituals, and existential emotions such as shame and guilt. Results revealed that enhanced understanding of the experience and psychosocial support may help some women and their family systems cope with the long-term effects of this loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-148
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Fetal death
  • Infant death
  • Maternal grief
  • Psychosocial intervention
  • Stillbirth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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