Worcester Professor's Research Helps to Inform Major New Miscarriage Awareness Campaign

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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.

The campaign 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.

Dr Petra 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.

Dr Boynton 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.”

Using the 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 available.

Dr Boynton 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 partners.

“Professor Peel’s existing work really helped to underpin the project, and we are very grateful for her help and support.”