Fathers Who Have Lost A Baby: Research Participants Wanted

17 September 2013

University of Roehampton, London

The University of Roehampton is researching the experience of grief and counselling for fathers who have lost a baby due to late miscarriage, stillbirth or early neonatal loss and who sought support for their bereavement in the form of group, individual or couples counselling (even if they didn’t continue with it).  You would be contributing to very important research to improve understanding of how fathers can best be supported in such profound loss.

It is anticipated that 6-8 dads will be interviewed.  The researcher, Hannah Humphry-Baker, is happy to travel to meet each father at a time and place that works well for him.  A private one-on-one conversation lasting between one and two hours will follow.   All information will be kept anonymous and confidential in the write-up of this study under the procedures of the University of Roehampton’s Ethics Committee.

If you are willing to contribute to this study or would like to know more about the research please contact Hannah in confidence.

Hannah Humphry-Baker
Department of Psychology
University of Roehampton
Email: humphryh@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: 07968287893

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  • Thomas James says:

    We lost a child at the beginning stage (spontaneous abortion) when we were both young, unmarried and not ready for parenthood. We considered that to be a natural event beyond our control. It was an unplanned pregnancy and we were OK with the outcome. I did not seek advice or counselling. The more profound event was some years later when my wife chose to terminate at a late stage a viable pregnancy independently and against my wishes. I was gutted and still carry the pain many years later. Never sought support with regard to it because then as now, as the father I have no rights or voice in her ‘right’ to do as she pleased in those circumstances. I think your research would have been all the more valuable if you had included the effect on fathers of the deliberate destruction of their unborn child.
    Thomas.

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