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Communicating Pregnancy Loss

Narrative as a Method for Change

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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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A Abboud, L., 26, 223 Abelson, R. P., 281 abortion (elective), 97, 123, 124, 156, 244, 283, 287, 296–297; compared with miscarriage, 285, 292; conno- tation of, 143, 156; politics of, 2, 284–287, 290; rights, 285; see also spontaneous abortion activism, 14, 149 acute illness, 8 Adams, T. E., 84–85, 137, 149 Adolfsson, A., 215 adoption, 12, 97–101, 111, 113, 123, 292 Agar, M., 9 agency, 111, 113, 178, 274–275, 277, 279, 297 Akin, Todd (politician), 296 Albrecht, T. L., 22 Alexander, M. J., 148 Alien (film), 147 alienation, 13, 167, 171, 176, 260, 297 Allen, M., 4, 297 Amankwaa, L., 236 ambiguity, 37, 41, 178, 297 ambiguous response, 26, 29 American Pregnancy Association, 2, 123 Andersen, Hans Christian, 165 anencephaly, 79, 80 anger, 96, 100, 101, 184, 222, 270 anguish, 15, 49, 102, 261, 271, 303 anxiety, 20, 24, 25, 51, 54, 145, 242, 251; when coping with loss, 5; result- ing from uncertainty, 26, 50, 215, 223; as a side effect of fertility drugs, 167, 176 Anzaldúa, G., 228, 237 Armstrong, D., 201 arousal, 20 Arrington, M. I., 137 Austin, J. L., 304 authority, 75, 161, 298 autoethnography, 136–137, 148, 197, 260 Away We Go (film), 198 B baby, 28, 34–35, 38, 40, 61–62, 67, 82, 83, 94, 98, 101, 128, 145, 159, 171, 173, 175–176, 179, 199, 221, 225, 272, 274, 286, 289, 303; “abortion” and, 143; adoption of, 98–100, 111, 113, 123, 136, 292; death...

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