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A midwife's reflective writing in lactation and grief

On 24 April 2019, I gave birth to my second baby, Hugo, who was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia during early pregnancy. Despite our preparations, Hugo's condition was severe, and he...

‘Sunshine’, ‘angels’ and ‘rainbows’: language developed by mothers bereaved by perinatal loss

Data were collected through 40 completed qualitative online surveys and five semi-structured face-to-face interviews with women who had experienced a healthy pregnancy following a perinatal loss. The...

Sociological and psychological effects of stillbirth: theory, research, and midwifery

When a baby dies after 24 weeks gestation, it is defined as stillbirth (Tommy's, 2019) and, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS, 2018), 3 200 babies are stillborn in the UK every year...

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