SUMMER READING SALE! 30% off all eBooks until Sept 2nd! Navigating Miscarriage: Social, Medical and Conceptual Perspectives | BERGHAHN BOOKS
Join our Email List Berghahn Books Logo

berghahn New York · Oxford

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Instagram
Navigating Miscarriage: Social, Medical and Conceptual Perspectives

View Table of Contents

Volume 45

Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives

See Related
Anthropology Journals

Email Newsletters

Sign up for our email newsletters to get customized updates on new Berghahn publications.

Click here to select your preferences

Navigating Miscarriage

Social, Medical and Conceptual Perspectives

Edited by Susie Kilshaw and Katie Borg

252 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-663-0 $149.00/£110.00 / Hb / Published (March 2020)

ISBN  978-1-80073-631-3 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (February 2023)

eISBN 978-1-78920-664-7 eBook

View CartYour country: - edit Request a Review or Examination Copy (in Digital Format)Recommend to your LibraryAvailable in GOBI®


“Twenty percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, demonstrating that this is an important issue that impacts many people. The book makes an important contribution to the literature with informative chapters that will assist those who have experienced miscarriage and clinicians who deal with a broad spectrum of patients experiencing pregnancy loss and other infertility problems. The book also offers a pathbreaking guide for scholars researching the multifarious aspects of this social and medical problem. Recommended. All readers.” • Choice

“As a whole, Navigating Miscarriage offers conceptual depth that will contribute to important conversations in advanced anthropology classrooms. Some chapters will also be accessible to earlier students…The collection would also be well placed in training programs for health care professionals to encourage greater intercultural competency and empathy for patients with a wide range of experiences and expectations.” • Medical Anthropology Quarterly

“The book offers fresh perspectives and gives the reader much to consider. Overall, this sensitively written, accessible and diverse collection offers a breath of rewarding anthropological insight into miscarriage and will prove useful for practitioners, academics, and all of those interested in or affected by pregnancy loss.” • Mortality

Navigating Miscarriage will enhance the curricula of courses in obstetrics, public health, sociology, anthropology, and history and could be of great interest to individuals navigating their own experiences with pregnancy loss…And it makes a significant contribution as an effort to expand scholarship on miscarriage beyond Euro-America, critically examine discourses and categories of miscarriage, and demonstrate a diversity of experiences of this common yet underacknowledged reproductive event.” • American Ethnologist

This is an interesting collection of chapters developing anthropological perspectives around miscarriage and pregnancy loss from a wide variety of angles.” • Sara Randall, University College London

“The book’s major strength is the diverse approaches to pregnancy loss, across countries and healthcare systems, traced by the contributors — offering a timely contribution to the social study of reproduction.” • Ben Kasstan, University of Sussex


Miscarriage is a significant women's health issue. Research has consistently shown that one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. This collected volume explores miscarriage in diverse historical and cultural settings with contributions from anthropologists, historians and medical professionals. Contributors use rich ethnographic and historical material to discuss how pregnancy loss is managed and negotiated in a range of societies. The book considers meanings attached to miscarriage and how religious, cultural, medical and legal forces impact the way miscarriage is experienced and perceived.

Susie Kilshaw is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London. Her publications include Pregnancy and Miscarriage in Qatar: Women, Reproduction and the State (2020, I.B. Tauris) and Impotent Warriors: Gulf War Syndrome, Vulnerability and Masculinity (2009, Berghahn).

Katie Borg has completed field work on traditional healers in the Namitembo district near Zomba in Malawi. She currently works as an asthma nurse specialist for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and as clinical research nurse at the University of Oxford.

Subject: Medical AnthropologySociology


Download ToC (PDF)

Back to Top

Library Recommendation Form

Dear Librarian,

I would like to recommend Navigating Miscarriage Social, Medical and Conceptual Perspectives for the library. Please include it in your next purchasing review with my strong recommendation. The RRP is: $149.00

I recommend this title for the following reasons:

BENEFIT FOR THE LIBRARY: This book will be a valuable addition to the library's collection.

REFERENCE: I will refer to this book for my research/teaching work.

STUDENT REFERRAL: I will regularly refer my students to the book to assist their studies.

OWN AFFILIATION: I am an editor/contributor to this book or another book in the Series (where applicable) and/or on the Editorial Board of the Series, of which this volume is part.