Understanding baby loss: The sociology of life, death and post-mortem

Kate Reed, Julie Ellis, Elspeth Whitby

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This book offers a detailed and sensitive account of how parents experience different forms of baby loss, and subsequently make decisions about post-mortem examination. It also analyses some of the challenges professionals face when working in this highly sensitive field of medicine. It draws on data from an ESRC award-winning UK based study on the development of minimally invasive post-mortem to examine a range of sociologically pertinent issues relating to: 'trauma' 'emotions', 'decisions', 'care' 'technology' 'memory' and the role of 'social and biological relationships'. By shedding light on this taboo aspect of healthcare, the book provides a highly original contribution to sociology, offering a comprehensive analysis of some of the most pressing concerns in the field to date.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages246
ISBN (Electronic)9781526163172, 9781526163196
ISBN (Print)9781526163189
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023

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