Its been several months since I originally published this post and the response has been incredible. I’m very grateful to each and every one of the women that has participated so far. For anyone looking for more information please read the following:
My PhD research is exploring the experiences of adolescents who experienced a gestnatal death whilst in secondary school. Originally we were using the word “perinatal” but due to the fact that it is defined differently in various countries and organisations, I’m unable to use it for research purposes. Instead we are using the word “gestnatal”, defined as: “The death of a human life from conception to 28 days’ post-birth inclusive.”
Gestational and neonatal deaths can be divided into two groups: biological (miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death etc.) and non-biological (abortion, therapeutic termination etc.). My research is encompassing all gestnatal deaths because we are exploring the grief, social, and educational impact of the event. My research design is split into two parts; firstly, there is a questionnaire to gather as much broad data as possible and I’d like to extend my deepest thanks to the women to who took the time to complete this questionnaire.
Secondly, interviews are currently being undertaken by me to dig deeper into the data summarised following the collection of the questionnaires.
The purpose of this study is to provide information on these experiences so that we can inform policy makers, teachers, medical professionals, school guidance counsellors etc. so that they can better understand and support these teenagers and subsequent women.
If you experienced a gestnatal death whilst in secondary school and are willing to be interviewed, or if you would like more information on this research, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, thank you to all the participants who have completed the questionnaires so far, and to everyone who has volunteered to be interviewed.