A qualitative study exploring British Pakistani women’s experiences of receiving support following a perinatal loss within the United Kingdom

Chattaway, Anna (2022). A qualitative study exploring British Pakistani women’s experiences of receiving support following a perinatal loss within the United Kingdom. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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This thesis compromises three chapters, which have been submitted as per the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham.

The first chapter is a Meta-Analysis exploring the effectiveness of brief psychological interventions in reducing maternal morbidity following a traumatic birth. Fifteen papers were reviewed and included within the analysis.

The second chapter is a qualitative research study exploring British-Pakistani women’s experiences of accessing and receiving support from healthcare professionals, family, friends, and their wider community following perinatal loss. Six women were interviewed about how the intersections of race, religion, culture, and societal factors influenced their experiences of accessing support following the loss of their babies. The first theme relates to how dominant medicalised and sociocultural narratives strengthened a cycle of silence surrounding perinatal loss, where the second theme refers to professionals’ responsibility to advocate for women’s needs, though women’s experiences of poor and occasionally clinically negligent care, and the harmful implications of their experiences upon future help-seeking behaviour. The final theme relates to the significance of compassionate support, alongside women finding connection through shared experiences of loss and to their religious and spiritual identity.

The final chapter is a press release providing a summary of the two prior chapters and is suitable for a public audience.

All names and identifying features have been removed to ensure confidentiality.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/13047


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