THE EXPERIENCES OF MISCARRIAGE AMONG SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN WOMEN
Okafor, Blessing Chima (2020)
Okafor, Blessing Chima
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Miscarriage which is also known as spontaneous abortion is defined as the process which occurs naturally when a foetus is birthed before the foetus has developed enough to live independently during pregnancy. The aim of this academic study is to describe the experiences of miscarriage among women of Sub-Saharan Africa and to identify the kind of care received after miscarriage. Research questions were; What kind of experiences do Sub-Sahara African women face after miscarriage? What kind of care do they receive after miscarriage? Method: A qualitative content analysis method was utilized to examine data. Content analysis was applied because of its ability and theoretical framework to discover and expose the contradicted human-side in this academic discourse. Collection of data was done using four electronic platforms. Six personally told stories of women affected by miscarriage were selected for analysis. Swanson`s theory of caring was used to scientifically aid in understanding the research subjects, in pursuits of answering the research questions and achieving the aims of this thesis. Findings: Findings from this study pointed out different experiences women of Sub-Sharan Africa faced. Experiences such as emotional trauma, self-blames, guilt, depression, sadness, devastation, bodily stress, and physically enduring pain. Findings also revealed lack of quality care and support from health-care professionals. Conclusion: At the end of this academic thesis, there is a deafening silence surrounding miscarriage in Sub Saharan Africa. Women who were affected by miscarriage crave for shoulders to lean on after being emotional traumatized and physically drained under the circumstances of miscarriage. There is a need for emotional support and medical follow up from health-care professionals.