One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, yet pregnancy loss remains an isolating issue that can be hard to talk about openly. Drawing on her background as an academic working in sexual health with personal experience of miscarriage, social psychologist Dr Petra Boynton wants to change the assumptions around this important subject and to help those affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth to find their own paths through the labyrinth of questions, feelings and challenges that often follow pregnancy loss.
Pregnancy loss affects people in different ways, yet it remains a sensitive topic and information can be hard to find. Insightfully shifting the focus across different areas of mental and physical health, social, sexual and relational issues, Coping With Pregnancy Loss aims to provide a practical tool kit for those affected and to offer the first self-help resource that combines both personal empathy and detailed research-based information. It aims to equip all affected by loss with insights and strategies for self-care, with the tone of a trusted friend to talk things through with.
Based on scientific evidence, including research conducted by Petra herself, the book reveals some of the most common feelings and concerns and offers powerful and practical ways to help navigate mental, physical and emotional health. It also emphasises how those experiencing pregnancy loss are not alone and aims to create greater understanding around the impact of baby loss in the healthcare system and across society generally.
With bespoke illustrations based on real people’s stories and helpful butterfly icons linking shortcuts to important information around particular topics, this book offers both advice for self-care and ways to access further support and assistance.
Coping with Pregnancy Loss by Petra Boynton is out now in paperback, published by Routledge.