Original Articles

Experience of Women after a Spontaneous Abortion

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 19, issue 3, 2009 , pages: 387–392
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2009.10820306
Author(s): Elsie Janse van RensburgUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa, Marie PoggenpoelUniversity of Johannesburg, South Africa, Chris MyburghUniversity of Johannesburg, South Africa, Diana Du PlessisUniversity of Johannesburg, South Africa


The objective of this research was to explore and describe the experience of women after a spontaneous abortion to facilitate the mental health of these women in future. The participants in this study were seven white South African (ages range 24 to 36 years). Data were collected using in-depth interviews and analysed using a descriptive method of open coding. The results suggest that a spontaneous abortion have physical-, emotional-, social- and spiritual effects on women. Participants identified community resources that helped them cope with the experience of loss from the spontaneous abortion.

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