When a dissertation research project exploring the impact of mind - body practices on symptoms of depression and anxiety in pregnant women with a history of miscarriage failed to yield statistically significant results, I struggled with how to demonstrate that I had gleaned knowledge from this project of nearly 3 years. When a series of parallel pregnancy losses occurred in my own life, I realized that I am heavily situated within the context of my research and need to consider my data in a different sense; one that acknowledges my own self within this process while attempting to capture the lived experiences of others. The shift to autoethnography afforded me the opportunity to demonstrate that knowledge can be generated through multiple methodologies, with one approach not being privileged over another. As this dissertation moved from an empirical study to a qualitative, autoethnographic piece, I was able to identify themes surfacing from the literature, my own experiences and participation in a pregnancy loss support group. The themes discussed include: making meaning from the experience, granting personhood status and grieving and other emotional expression.
Pregnancy Loss, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Grief, Loss, Autoethnography
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Sell-Smith, J., & Lax, W. D. (2013). A Journey of Pregnancy Loss: From Positivism to Autoethnography. The Qualitative Report, 18(46), 1-17. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol18/iss46/2