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Navigating Miscarriage: Social, Medical and Conceptual Perspectives

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Navigating Miscarriage

Social, Medical and Conceptual Perspectives

Edited by Susie Kilshaw and Katie Borg

252 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-663-0 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (March 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-664-7 eBook

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“This is an interesting collection of chapters developing anthropological perspectives around miscarriage and pregnancy loss from a wide variety of angles.” • Sara Randall, University College London

“The book’s major strength is the diverse approaches to pregnancy loss, across countries and healthcare systems, traced by the contributors — offering a timely contribution to the social study of reproduction.” • Ben Kasstan, University of Sussex


Miscarriage is a significant women's health issue. Research has consistently shown that one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. This collected volume explores miscarriage in diverse historical and cultural settings with contributions from anthropologists, historians and medical professionals. Contributors use rich ethnographic and historical material to discuss how pregnancy loss is managed and negotiated in a range of societies. The book considers meanings attached to miscarriage and how religious, cultural, medical and legal forces impact the way miscarriage is experienced and perceived.

Susie Kilshaw is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London. Her publications include Pregnancy and Miscarriage in Qatar: Women, Reproduction and the State (2020, I.B. Tauris) and Impotent Warriors: Gulf War Syndrome, Vulnerability and Masculinity (2009, Berghahn).

Katie Borg has completed field work on traditional healers in the Namitembo district near Zomba in Malawi. She currently works as an asthma nurse specialist for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and as clinical research nurse at the University of Oxford.

Subject: Medical Anthropology Sociology


Introduction: Ambiguities and Navigations
Susie Kilshaw

Chapter 1. Does Twenty-First-Century Technology Change the Experience of Early Pregnancy and Miscarriage?
Pedro Melo and Ingrid Granne

Chapter 2. The Meanings of Miscarriage in Twentieth-Century Britain
Rosemary Elliot

Chapter 3. Alleviating the Ambiguities Around Miscarriage: Discursive Tactics in Cameroon and Romania
Erica van der Sijpt

Chapter 4. Some Babies Cannot be Stopped from Falling: Miscarriage in Pakistani Punjab
Kaveri Qureshi

Chapter 5. God’s Design; Thwarted Plans: Women’s Experience of Miscarriage in Qatar and England
Susie Kilshaw

Chapter 6. ‘It Felt like the Longest Time of my Life’: Using Foetal Dopplers at Home to Manage Anxiety about Miscarriage
Aimee Middlemiss

Chapter 7. Miscarriages and its Resulting Losses during Commercial Surrogacy in India
Sayani Mitra

Chapter 8. Unwitnessed Ceremonies: Funeral Services for Pre-24-Week Pregnancy Losses in England
Karolina Kuberska

Susie Kilshaw


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