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Pregnancy loss: A silent loss and challenging birth

Pregnancy loss has been a ‘silent’ and lonely experience in our Irish history. The increased recognition in civil, religious & societal approaches to pregnancy loss has provided improved awareness alongside improved overall care.


Daniel Nuzum, Keelin O'Donoghue

Book chapter
Pregnancy loss, Stillbirth
Full Citation

Nuzum D, O’Donoghue K. Pregnancy loss: A silent loss and challenging birth. In Ryan S, ed. Birth and the Irish: a Miscellany. Wordwell Press; 2022.

Link to Publication


Pregnancy loss has been a ‘silent’ experience and grief over the generations in our Irish history. This chapter explores how the attitudes and approaches to pregnancy loss have changed and developed in recent decades in various areas of Irish society and culture; including in religious approaches and understanding, civil recognition for stillbirth and improved maternity care. Links are also provided for current information for couples through and

Pregnancy Loss Research Group

Pregnancy Loss Research Group, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University College Cork, Fifth Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork, T12 YE02, Ireland,