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#1555: Miscarriage Language; Regulating Midwives

On this week’s 51%, there’s a study that explores the language around men and miscarriages; we meet a woman in transition; hear about a state grappling with regulating midwives and writer Dr. Jeri Burns shares her thoughts on patterns.

A University of Missouri study exploring how men often use metaphors to discuss miscarriages finds couples need to “co-cope” with the experience. Although miscarriage is usually considered a “women’s issue,” men also grieve the loss of the baby. In a recent study, a team of researchers led by Dr. Haley Kranstuber Horstman says men often use descriptions to cope with their partner’s miscarriage and describe their role in the experience. The researchers hope the study’s findings will encourage men to find helpful ways to talk about their spouse’s miscarriage. I asked Dr. Horstman why she embarked upon the study.

That was Dr. Haley Kranstuber Horstman, lead researcher of “Men’s use of metaphors to make sense of their spouse’s miscarriage: Expanding the communicated sense-making model,” a study that was published in Health Communication.

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This story was produced by University of Montana grad student Regina Fitzsimmons.

Most Midwestern states license and regulate midwives who are specifically trained to handle out-of-hospital births. Illinois is NOT one of them. And advocates say that has created a problem for mothers who want a home birth. Carrie Vickery is the vice president of the Illinois Friends of Midwives — an advocacy group. She spoke with Side Effects Public Media’s Christine Herman about why she considers the home birth situation in Illinois a maternity care crisis.

Carrie Vickery is the vice president of the Illinois Friends of Midwives, an advocacy group. She was speaking with Side Effects Public Media’s Christine Herman.

And now writer Dr. Jeri Burns considers the burden of patterns.

Dr. Jeri Burns is a storyteller, writer and educator living in New York’s Hudson Valley. You can find her at Burns also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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