Taiwanese Women's Process of Recovery From Stillbirth: A Qualitative Descriptive Study
Article first published online: 15 APR 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 37, Issue 3, pages 219–228, June 2014
How to Cite
Tseng, Y.-F., Chen, C.-H. and Wang, H.-H. (2014), Taiwanese Women's Process of Recovery From Stillbirth: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. Res. Nurs. Health, 37: 219–228. doi: 10.1002/nur.21594
- Issue published online: 16 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 15 APR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 FEB 2014
- qualitative descriptive study;
- perinatal loss
The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to portray the recovery process of Taiwanese women after stillbirth. Data were generated through individual in-depth interviews with 21 women selected using purposeful sampling. Three stages in an emotional journey of recovery were suffering from silent grief, searching for a way out, and achieving peace of mind and mental stability. Throughout their journey, the women's overarching concern was where the deceased child had gone and whether it was well. Together these stages composed A pathway to peace of mind, a mental journey on which women struggled to spiritually connect with the lost baby and finally sought a personal pathway to emotional peace. Findings can inform healthcare providers in providing culturally sensitive care for Taiwanese women to facilitate healing after a stillbirth. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.