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Miscarriage and Career/Work Planning

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gcrbear Mon 11-Apr-16 19:41:41

I have experienced multiple miscarriages in trying to conceive and I wanted to understand some of the challenges I have faced in regards to career planning and dealing with miscarriage. I am therefore researching the subject for my masters dissertation. I am looking for any women who might be willing to partake in an online discussion board to share their thoughts on the challenges and issues they have faced in navigating TTC and being engaged in a career.

Would anyone be interested? I am looking for 10-15 participants who are:

Aged between 30-44+ years.
Have had either one or more miscarriages.
Had originally planned to combine career and having a family or had made a decision to slow down or change career in order to have children.
Now consider that they have had to re-think their career path because of the challenges they have faced in TTC.

OR

Are now asking themselves ‘what now?’ and feel ‘stuck’ in terms of their career knowing that the difficulties/confusion they face is linked with the challenges of miscarriage/infertility.

squizita Mon 18-Apr-16 16:24:43

Sorry for your loss.

This is a good idea but please steer clear of the dangerous myth that work (apart from perhaps heavy work with chemicals) contributes to loss. Of course that's probably not what you had in mind at all but it is a hurtful myth and can become slightly 'victim blaming'.

Vixxfacee Mon 18-Apr-16 16:25:58

I would be happy to participate.

gcrbear Wed 20-Apr-16 20:54:43

Thank you Squizita for your comment.

The research is not about the myth that work contributes to loss. The research is about how women orientate around their careers/work situation whilst they are dealing with loss and/or infertility. It is certainly not about victim blaming but looking to find ways to support women where the pain of miscarriage/infertility affects the other aspects of their lives. If you are concerned further please feel free to PM me for more information.

gcrbear Wed 20-Apr-16 20:56:42

Thank you Vixxfacee - I have sent you a PM

ChatEnOeuf Fri 22-Apr-16 22:31:47

Sure, I'll join in. Not sure exactly how relevant my experiences will be, but I'd be glad if I can be useful.

PippilottaViktualia Tue 26-Apr-16 17:00:26

How strict is your age cut off? I am 29 but I've had several miscarriages and been made redundant for spurious reasons after 3 of them...

jimijack Tue 26-Apr-16 17:11:01

I'm 45, multiple miscarriages then changed my job after 23 years due to the challenges of child rearing post miscarriage.

Am I too old? It all only happened 3 years ago.

gcrbear Thu 28-Apr-16 10:49:00

Hi Everyone

You should have received a PM from me with further instructions.

Thank you so much smile

Peach1886 Thu 28-Apr-16 10:59:27

Sorry for your losses, happy to join in if my experiences (multiple losses, self-employed) can be useful.

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