Exploring parents' experiences of care in an Irish hospital following second-trimester miscarriage

Sarah Cullen, Barbara Coughlan, Brenda Casey, Sheila Power, Mary Brosnan

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Abstract

Background: Second-trimester miscarriage is defined as pregnancy loss after 12 and before 24 weeks' gestation. Little is known about parents' experiences of hospital care during a second trimester miscarriage in Ireland. Aims: This study aimed to explore parents' experiences of hospital care during a second-trimester miscarriage. Methods: A focused ethnographic design was used. A series of semistructured interviews were completed with 14 bereaved parents. The data were analysed using thematic network data analysis. Findings: This paper discusses the global theme of relational and social experiences of miscarriage. Parents highlighted the need for compassionate care and expressed the importance of empathy and sensitivity from hospital staff to avoid further distress. Conclusions: Compassionate care received by bereaved parents positively influenced their hospital experience, whereas a perceived lack of compassion or insensitivity had a lasting negative impact on bereaved parents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-115
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bereavement
  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Midwife
  • Miscarriage
  • Pregnancy loss
  • Sensitivity

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