- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-6318-9
- Pages: 246
- Price: £80.00
- Published Date: November 2023
This book offers a detailed and sensitive account of how parents experience different forms of baby loss, and subsequently make decisions about post-mortem examination. It also analyses some of the challenges professionals face when working in this highly sensitive field of medicine. It draws on data from an ESRC award-winning UK based study on the development of minimally invasive post-mortem to examine a range of sociologically pertinent issues relating to: 'trauma' 'emotions', 'decisions', 'care' 'technology' 'memory' and the role of 'social and biological relationships'. By shedding light on this taboo aspect of healthcare, the book provides a highly original contribution to sociology, offering a comprehensive analysis of some of the most pressing concerns in the field to date.
'By shedding light on this taboo aspect of healthcare, the book provides a highly original contribution to the sociology of emotions, medical sociology, death and dying studies and science and technology studies. It is a book that I wholeheartedly recommend to further advance understanding of perinatal bereavement and post-mortem care.'
Dr Kerry Jones, Senior Lecturer in End-of-Life Care, The Open University
Conclusion: Life after death
Kate Reed is a Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Sheffield
Julie Ellis is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Health and Illness at the University of Huddersfield
Elspeth Whitby is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield