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Introduction: Invisible Labours

Part I: the Consequences of Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss

Chapter 1. ‘You Don’t Have a Choice, You Have to Do It’: Diagnosis of the Foetal Body and the Determination of Healthcare Trajectories for Pregnant Women
Chapter 2. ‘They’re Not Supposed to Deal with this Kind of Thing’: Ontological Boundary Work, Discipline, and Obstetric Violence
Chapter 3. What Counts as a Baby and Who Counts as a Mother? Civil Registration and Ontological Politics
Chapter 4. Pregnancy Remains, a Baby, or the Corpse of a Child? Governance Classifications of the Dead Foetal Body

Part II: Disruption and Resistance in Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss

Chapter 5. ‘It Wasn’t All a Figment of My Imagination’: Ontological Disruption and Embodiment 
Chapter 6. ‘I Wanted People to Know That They Were My Babies’: Kinship as an Ontology of Resistance

Conclusion: Making Visible the Labours of Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss


Invisible Labours

The Reproductive Politics of Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss in England

Aimee Louise Middlemiss

256 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-257-6 Hb Published (February 2024)

This title is published as Open Access

Full Text PDF | Full Text ePUB Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from the Economic and Social Research Council [grant numbers ES/J50015X/1, ES/X00712X/1] and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter, UK.