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 Alison 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 CC&HS. -----Original Message----- 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* * Venue* 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 membership. *Abstract* 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.