I have been asked to forward this. Alison

From: Davies, Jacqueline 
Sent: 06 December 2007 14:43
To: Macfarlane, Alison
Subject: FW: December London Medical Sociology Group Meeting


I don't seem to be able to do group emails from home.  Please can you
direct this invite to a medical sociology talk on pregnancy after
stillbirth to the right group. Last month we had about 20 people in a
room that can hold 40. We are very rarely oversubscribed so the more who
come along, the better. 

Jacqueline Davies

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From: Miranda Leontowitsch [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thu 06/12/2007 13:25
Subject: December London Medical Sociology Group Meeting
*British Sociological Association*
*London Medical Sociology Group Meeting
Wednesday 12th December 6pm

Hope over experience: the pregnancy after stillbirth Samantha Murphy
University of Surrey*
King's College London
Franklin Wilkins Building
Room 1.16
Stamford Street
London SE1 8WA
nearest train/tube station: Waterloo
Everyone is welcome to attend the LMSG meeting. The group has no formal

Rates of stillbirth -- loss after 24 weeks' gestation and before birth
-- are at an all-time low.  This decrease has been accompanied by a
marked increase in intervention in pregnancy: women are encouraged to
trust the medical profession and expect that a live baby will eventually
be born. However a stillbirth may create doubt over the next pregnancy
and the trust that had been placed in medicine.  While there has been
research that focuses on the pregnancy after stillbirth, much has been
psychological and focuses on attachment to subsequent children.  But how
do such women relate to medical management and the advice imparted to
them in the next pregnancy?  Does the trust they may have had before the
stillbirth remain, and how do they manage subsequent medical encounters?

Drawing on qualitative data, this paper examines two ways parents manage
medical professionals following stillbirth: exercising consumerism and
-- perhaps unexpectedly in the light of their previous experiences -
submitting to more medicalisation.