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Exploring the Social Networks of Women Bereaved by Stillbirth: A Descriptive Qualitative Study

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posted on 22.10.2021, 08:28 by Tosin PopoolaTosin Popoola, Joan Skinner, Martin Woods
The loss of a baby to stillbirth is a traumatic experience and can lead to secondary losses, such as the loss of social relationships. In Nigeria, stillbirths are a common public health problem. However, limited attention has been given to the social ramifications of stillbirths. This study describes the social networks of women who have experienced a stillbirth and the factors influencing their social networks. Interviews and social network diagrams were used to collect data from 20 women about their social networks before and after stillbirth. Findings suggest that the experience of shame, unmet expectation of support, and a lack of trust led to relationship changes after stillbirth. Most participants met bereavement needs with their existing social networks before stillbirth, but many participants also experienced relationship losses (even among family networks). Information from social network analysis can reveal the risks and strengths inherent in social networks, which can be helpful for the provision of tailored/personalized bereavement care.

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Popoola, T., Skinner, J. & Woods, M. (n.d.). Exploring the Social Networks of Women Bereaved by Stillbirth: A Descriptive Qualitative Study. Journal of Personalized Medicine, 11(11), 1056-1056. https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm11111056

Journal title

Journal of Personalized Medicine

Volume

11

Issue

11

Pagination

1056-1056

Publisher

MDPI AG

Publication status

Published online

Online publication date

21/10/2021

eISSN

2075-4426

Language

en

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