Miscarriage Analysis

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4.1 Introduction The focus of this study was to explore the experiences of mothers and fathers bereaved by Second Trimester Miscarriage most specifically focusing on their experiences of hospital care. The key findings from the study are presented in Chapter four, thematic analysis (Attride-Sterling, 2001) was employed to analysis the data and thematic networks were designed to represent the two global themes of clinical care needs and relational and social experiences of miscarriage which emerged from the data. The first section of the chapter outlines a brief description of the overall recruitment and response rate, and the demographic/clinical information related to the mothers who participated in the study. This is followed by a presentation…show more content…
A global theme is considered “the core, principal metaphor that encapsulates the main point in the text” (Attride-Stirling, 2001:393). Each global theme consists of organising themes which have been identified through a series of basic themes. The basis themes provided the starting point for understanding parents’ experiences of hospital care during a second trimester miscarriage. The first global theme is clinical care needs and is comprised of three organising themes; medical care, facilities and information. Clinical care needs highlights parents’ experiences in relation to the medical care they received during the miscarriage. This theme describes parents’ experiences of the hospital facilities both for mothers and fathers, the importance of being separate from other pregnant women and babies. Mothers and fathers also highlighted the need for clear information regarding their pregnancy, the medical care they received and the cause of the miscarriage. The second global theme is relational and social experiences of miscarriage. This theme describes parents’ experiences of compassionate care, bonding and connecting with their baby and support during and after a second trimester miscarriage. Parents highlighted the importance of empathy and sensitivity during this very difficult time. This theme also describes parents’ experiences in relation to bonding and connecting with their baby and the importance of support. Parents describe their experience of spending time with their baby and how they remember their baby. Mothers and fathers reported the various sources of support in the hospital, in the community and through counseling. Each theme will now be described in detail starting with global theme one, clinical care

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