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.

chapter |8 pages

An Introduction to Understanding Reproductive Loss

BySarah Earle, Carol Komaromy, Layne Linda

chapter 2|14 pages

International Perspectives on the Sterilization of Women with Intellectual Disabilities

ByLiz Tilley, Jan Walmsley, Sarah Earle, Dorothy Atkinson

chapter 3|14 pages

The Social Shaping of Fertility Loss Due to Cancer Treatment: A Comparative Perspective

ByKaren Dyer, Khadija Mitu, Cecilia Vindrola-Padros

chapter 4|14 pages

Reconstructing Childbirth Expectations after Pre-eclampsia

ByJulie Savage

chapter 5|14 pages

Diabetes and the Pregnancy Paradox: The Loss of Expectations and Reproductive Futures

BySarah Earle, Cathy E. Lloyd

chapter 8|12 pages

Focusing on Force and Forms in Cameroon: Reproductive Loss Reconsidered

ByErica van der Sijpt

chapter 9|12 pages

Bereaved Parents: A Contradiction in Terms?

BySamantha Murphy

chapter 11|12 pages

Baby Gardens: A Privilege or Predicament?

ByKate Woodthorpe

chapter 12|12 pages

The Memorialization of Stillbirth in the Internet Age

ByAnna Davidsson Bremborg

chapter 15|12 pages

Managing Emotions at the Time of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death

ByCarol Komaromy

chapter 16|16 pages

Experiences of Reproductive Loss: The Importance of Professional Discretion in Caring for a Patient Group with Diverse Views

ByRuth Graham, Nick Embleton, Allison Farnworth, Kathy Mason, Judith Rankin, Stephen Robson