Title

Lived experiences of mothers after pregnancy loss

Date of Completion

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Abortion, Spontaneous

Abstract

The study used the phenomenological approach of qualitative research. The grand tour question was formulated: “What are the lived experiences of mothers after pregnancy loss?” Using purposive sampling technique, six (6) mothers from selected areas of Cavite, namely Alfonso, Imus and Dasmarinas, who had experienced pregnancy loss, took part in the study. The researchers used a tape recorder for data collection after securing participant’s consent. The interviews were then transcribed verbatim. Data was analyzed using the phenomenological method of Van Kaam in the article of Chryl Tatano Beck, DBSc, CNM published in Nurse Educator (November, 1992). The study concluded that experiences of mothers after pregnancy loss varied individually depending on the manner of loss and extent of maternal-fetal attachment that they had and the circumstance and people surrounding the loss. All described that the loss did not leave a pleasant experience. After the loss, the grieving process that mothers went through was hard because it was them who had a direct feeling of bearing another life. Acceptance of the loss took quite some time because they carried and took good care of the conceptus during pregnancy. They questioned why they had to lose the baby. They themselves answered their own questions according to their religious beliefs that unborn children become angels of God. For as long as the informants reminisced such moments, the painful emotions were felt once again. Herein depended their use of varied coping strategies to make their present lives fruitful for the rest of their children. The pain was relieved but the memory of those painful moments of losing a prospective child would come back from time to time.

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