Gestational and neonatal loss, suffering as any other

Keywords: Mourning, gestational and neonatal loss, ultrasonography, suffering


We investigated 63 narratives of mothers published in the book Histórias de amor na perda gestacional e neonatal (Love stories in gestational and neonatal loss). We aim to show that these mothers’ fighting strategies are similar to those of other social identity movements. In common, the idea that contingent suffering allows the construction of identity. In the case of mothers with gestational and neonatal loss, in addition to the death of their babies, there is suffering caused by those who do not give the dead child the status of Person, not recognizing the pain of loss. In contrast, mothers publicly testify to their child’s existence, claim the condition of mothers, and fight for public policies that minimize the harm caused by those who do not consider their suffering.


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Author Biographies

Cristina Teixeira Viera de Melo, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Professora no Programa de Pós-Graduação em Comunicação da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Paulo Roberto Gibaldi Vaz, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Professor no Programa de Pós-Graduação em Comunicação e Cultura da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ
How to Cite
Melo, C., & Vaz, P. (2019). Gestational and neonatal loss, suffering as any other. MATRIZes, 13(2), 91-112.
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