City Research Online

Narratives of miscarriage amidst fertility journeys

Talwar, R. R. (2023). Narratives of miscarriage amidst fertility journeys. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


This qualitative study explores how women understand and make sense of a miscarriage following fertility struggles and fertility treatment through the stories they share. The study employed a narrative inquiry to further understand how each of these stories were situated within wider socio-cultural discourses. A narrative semi-structured interview was conducted with six women who experienced a miscarriage amidst their fertility journeys. The interview data was analysed using a six stage Critical Narrative Analysis (CNA) that identified narrative tone, rhetoric function and creation of identities within each narrative. Further, CNA resulted in three overarching themes across all six narratives: recognising naivety in retrospect, experiencing connection and disenfranchised grief. Each of the themes were then destabilised through a hermeneutic lens of trauma and critical engagement with the feminist theory. The findings are discussed in light of existing theory, followed by implications for Counselling Psychology theory and practice, and subsequent suggestions of avenues for future research.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > School of Health & Psychological Sciences Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses
[thumbnail of Talwar thesis 2023 PDF-A redacted.pdf] Text - Accepted Version
This document is not freely accessible until 28 February 2027 due to copyright restrictions.


Add to AnyAdd to TwitterAdd to FacebookAdd to LinkedinAdd to PinterestAdd to Email


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Actions (login required)

Admin Login Admin Login