Understanding Reproductive Loss: Perspectives on Life, Death and Fertility

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Dr Carol Komaromy, Dr Sarah Earle, Professor Linda Layne
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 28, 2013 - Social Science - 238 pages

The study of human reproduction has focused on reproductive ‘success’ and on the struggle to achieve this, rather than on the much more common experience of ‘failure’, or reproductive loss. Drawing on the latest research from The UK and Europe, The United States, Australia and Africa, this volume examines the experience of reproductive loss in its widest sense to include termination of pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, perinatal and infant death, as well as - more broadly - the loss of desired normative experiences such as that associated with infertility, assisted reproduction and the medicalisation of 'high risk' pregnancy and birth.

Exploring the commonalities, as well as issues of difference and diversity, Understanding Reproductive Loss presents international work from a variety of multi-disciplinary perspectives and will appeal to sociologists, anthropologists and other social scientists with interests in medicine, health, the body, death studies and gender.


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List of Figuresand Tables
A Comparative Perspective Karen Dyer Khadija Mitu and Cecilia VindrolaPadros
Failed Conception and Pregnancy Loss Among
Reproductive Loss
A Contradiction in Terms?
Angel Babies and the CannyUncanny Nexus
A Privilege or Predicament?
12The Memorialization of Stillbirth in the Internet Age Anna Davidsson Bremborg
Changing Understandingsof Perinatal
How Birth Professionals Make Senseof Death
Managing Emotions at the Time of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death
The Importance

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Sarah Earle is Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University, UK; Carol Komaromy is Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care at The Open University, UK and Linda Layne is Hale Professor of Humanities and Social Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.

Sarah Earle, Carol Komaromy, Linda Layne, Gayle Letherby, Liz Tilley, Jan Walmsley, Dorothy Atkinson, Karen Dyer, Khadija Mitu, Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, Julie Savage, Cathy E. Lloyd, Elizabeth Peel,Ruth Cain, Zsuzsa Berend, Erica van der Sijpt, Samantha Murphy, Kate Woodthorpe, Anna Davidsson Bremborg, Susannah Thompson, Jan BleyenRuth Graham, Nick Embleton, Allison Farnworth, Kathy Mason, Judith Rankin, Stephen Robson.

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