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Doctor of Philosophy


Human Development and Family Studies

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Mary Jane Brotherson


Perinatal loss, the loss of a baby during pregnancy, through stillbirth, or neonatal death, often goes unrecognized in society (Cacciatore, 2009; Corr, 1998; Kish & Holder, 1996). Still, it is estimated that one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage (Brier, 2008), there are over 26,000 stillbirths each year in the U.S. and the neonatal death rate if 6.8 per every1,000 live births (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2003). Despite the prevalence of such loss, women report feeling isolated through such experiences (Cacciatore, 2009; St John, Cooke, & Goopy, 2006). The purpose of this critical ethnography is to explore the support experiences of bereaved mothers who participate in the Mommies with Hope, a biblically-based perinatal loss support group. Viewing perinatal loss as a disenfranchised grief, this qualitative study aims to break the silence that surrounds women's perinatal loss experiences and offer validation. Through participant observations, individual interviews, and focus groups, I uncover how women experience support through Mommies with Hope, offering implications for research and praxis.

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Teske Renee Drake



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154 pages