The silence around miscarriage

We are more comfortable than ever telling stories about intimate experiences in public, so why is miscarriage still such a taboo subject?

"I recall my mother telling me a story, many years ago, about losing a baby to miscarriage.

She had experienced bleeding and been told by her doctor to go home, put her legs up and take two days’ bed rest. She had, of course, told my father about the doctor’s advice but being the 1960s there was minimal understanding of women’s issues, so she suffered alone and in silence.

These were pre-postmodern times, and boundaries between private selves and what could be disclosed and acknowledged in personal relationships and in public were non-negotiable. You just didn’t talk about those sorts of things", writes Rhonda Shaw of the Sociology Programme in the School of Social and Cultural Studies. 

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