Thursday, 11 September 2014
The research of a University of Worcester professor has helped to form a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the struggles faced by those whose partners experience a miscarriage.
The Miscarriage Association has launched the campaign, called ‘Partners Too’, which is designed to provide support to partners, raise public awareness and inform healthcare workers.
includes a section aimed at lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples, which
has been informed by the research of Professor Elizabeth Peel, a Professor of
Psychology and Social Change, whose work centres on issues around vulnerable
and marginalised groups, including those who occupy non-heterosexual identities.
Boynton, of University College London, received funding to undertake the
Partners Too project alongside the Miscarriage Association last year. During her
research, she found Professor Peel’s paper on miscarriage and lesbian and
bisexual women, and adapted the questionnaire which Professor Peel used to
conduct her own research.
explains: “Professor Peel was kind enough to share her research with us while
we were developing a survey to get partners to tell us their stories, so we
used a slightly adapted version to ask partners of all genders and sexualities
to tell us about their loss.”
responses provided by partners of all genders and sexualities, Dr Boynton was
able to work across various media platforms to highlight and powerfully convey
some of the stories that were shared. This has resulted in a new leaflet being
produced, as well as several videos and other online resources being made
continues: “We were able to use this work, along with Professor Peel’s
publications on the matter, to update the public resources for partners on
miscarriage from the Miscarriage Association and make creative media for
Peel’s existing work really helped to underpin the project, and we are very
grateful for her help and support.”