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Understanding the Emotional and Treatment Impact of Recurrent Miscarriages for Women Living in Rural Medically Under-Served Areas

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Spring 2021

Abstract

A qualitative study was completed using a series of interviews performed in the rural area of Southeast Kansas regarding miscarriage history and the women’s experiences. Locating women to interview was done through social media, women were chosen who had a series of three or more miscarriages. The study examined access to fertility care in rural communities and the impact of access on women’s options regarding their health care. Semi-structured interviews guided by one open-ended question was used to explore the views, experiences, and beliefs of the participants. It was a common finding that guilt and self-blame often occurred after a miscarriage but it was noted that many women had good support systems. Most of the women interviewed had difficulty obtaining progesterone after having a positive pregnancy test.

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