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Communicating Pregnancy Loss

Narrative as a Method for Change


Edited By Rachel Silverman and Jay Baglia

This book is the Winner of the OSCLG Outstanding Book Award

The loss of a desired pregnancy or the inability to experience pregnancy are intensely personal phenomena; these losses are also, in our culture at least, extremely private. Communicating Pregnancy Loss is a collection of first-person narratives about the experience of pregnancy loss. Although there is no shortage of books that help prospective parents cope with an unintended pregnancy loss or ‘survive’ infertility, most of these books are authored by physicians or therapists and address pregnancy loss through the language of guidance. This book is different. It is the first of its kind because the contributors (primarily communication scholars but also healthcare personnel and other scholars from the social sciences) tell their story of loss in their own words, offering a diverse collection of narratives that span experience and identity. The authors employ various feminist theories, narrative theories, and performance theories as well as other well-known communication theories and concepts. The book’s narrative approach to writing about and thereby understanding pregnancy loss offers readers a method for changing the way pregnancy loss is understood personally, culturally, and politically.


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Appendix: Pregnancy Loss in the Media


Pregnancy Loss on Television All in the Family (Season 1, Episode 6) American Horror Story (Season 1) Beverly Hills, 90210 (Season 7, Episode 30) Big Love (Season 3) Boardwalk Empire (Season 1) Bomb Girls (Season 2, Episode 2) Brothers & Sisters (Season 2, Episode 6; Season 4, Episode 17) Derek (Season 2, Episode 2) Desperate Housewives (Season 2, Episode 8) Downton Abbey (Season 1, Episode 7) Dynasty (Season 2, Episode 7) Enlightened (Season 1, Episode 4) ER (Season 9) Grey’s Anatomy (Season 2, Episode 4; Season 6, Episode 24) House, M.D. (Season 7, Episode 18) The L Word (Season 1, Episode 9) Mad Men (Season 6, Episode 3) NYPD Blue (Season 9) Party of Five (Season 2, Episode 18) Private Practice (Seasons 5 & 6) The Real Housewives of Miami (Seasons 2 & 3) Rescue Me (Season 2) Sex and the City (Seasons 4–6) Six Feet Under (Season 5, Episode 1) Teen Mom 2 (Season 4, Episode 1) The Tudors (Season 2, Episode 5) Upstairs Downstairs (Season 3, Episode 12) 318 aPPendix Pregnancy Loss in Literature The Cider House Rules (Irving, 1985) For Colored Girls (Shange, 1997) The Handmaid’s Tale (Atwood, 1998) The Help (Stockett, 2009) Gone Girl (Flynn, 2012) Gone With the Wind (Mitchell, 1964) Last Night in Twisted River (Irving, 2012) Luscious Lemon (Swain, 2005) Marley & Me (Grogan, 2005) Out of Africa (Dinesen, 1963) The Red Tent (Diamant, 2007) Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Semple, 2012) Pregnancy Loss in Film Away We Go (Mendes, 2003) Baby Mama (McCullers, 2008) Butter (Smith,...

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