Midwives Coping with Loss and Grief: Stillbirth, Professional and Personal Losses
Publication Date 1 Jan 2011
OverviewThe experience of stillbirth and other losses in pregnancy at what is usually a time of great joy is tragic for everyone involved including midwifery professionals. Although research increasingly shows how profound the effects of loss can be few studies have explored the effects of pregnancy loss - which often leads to other personal and professional traumas such as loss of autonomy or a workplace - on midwives. This in-depth investigation uses a phenomenological approach to capture midwives' experiences of loss and grief in their own words and encompasses both pregnancy loss and wider professional and personal issues. It then makes recommendations to enhance midwives' resilience and ability to cope appropriately whilst giving maximum support to their clients. Reflections on the emerging implications for midwifery education and practice further broaden the scope of the analysis. The insights in this book will be of great use to midwifery managers and supervisors. They will also help midwives to nurture themselves their colleagues and their clients at a time when pressures on the service can leave support lacking.