Its been quite a while since I have blogged because I’ve been busy writing and publishing Grief Demystified: An Introduction, have started drafting a second book, and am working on my PhD research.
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 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.
And if you are willing to be interviewed by Skype or in person, or whichever way is suitable for you, or if you would like more information on this research, please email me at: email@example.com
Thank you to all the participants who have completed the questionnaires so far, and to everyone who has volunteered to be interviewed.