I use the term 'reproductive loss' to refer to the loss of normative reproductive expectations, as well as to the loss of reproductive futures. The term also refers more specifically to pregnancy loss such as abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.
Understanding Reproductive Loss
My new book, Understanding Reproductive Loss: Perspectives on life, death and fertility, edited with Dr Carol Komaromy of the Open University, UK and Professor Linda Layne of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, was published in November 2012 by Ashgate.
Reproductive loss on iTunesU
You can listen to the audio podcast At a Loss, produced by the Open University, on iTunesU on the difficult decision of whether to have a post-mortem after a baby dies. In this documentary, parents talk about their decision-making, a senior pathologist explains the importance of post-mortems and an anatomical pathology technologist describes her role in the mortuary and her role in bereavement care.
Photo used under Creative Commons by Di Bédard.