BONUS 228: Miscarriage from a Man’s Perspective

October 11, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Haley Kranstuber Horstman, a professor of communication at the University of Missouri.

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Dr. Kranstuber Horstman and Heather discuss miscarriage from a man’s perspective:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit more about you. Tell us about your professional background and take us through your career.
  • Why did you decide to focus on communication in the context of family adversity, especially the niche area of miscarriage?
  • Since you didn’t go through infertility yourself, I’m a little curious about how you          stumbled upon our community. Can you explain?

THE RESEARCH

  • Why did you want to study miscarriage from a man’s perspective?
  • What were the results of your study?
  • What was the most surprising or interesting finding to you and your team?
  • You and your team found five metaphors that reflect a man’s understanding of the physical, emotional and relational implications of his partner’s miscarriage. Let’s go through each one:
    • Lost gift
    • Cataclysm
    • Death of a loved one
    • Emptiness
    • Chaotic movement
  • Additionally, you found four additional metaphors to describe their role in the experience. Again, let’s go through each one:
    • Rock
    • Guard
    • Repairman
    • Secondary character
  • What do you hope the study’s findings will do for relationships that have involved a miscarriage?
  • How might these findings differ if your sample was more diverse?
  • What’s next? Where are you looking to take this research?

COMMUNICATION ADVICE FOR COUPLES

  • How can couples “co-cope” with the experience of a miscarriage?
  • What tips, tricks, do’s and don’ts do you have for men about communicating with their partner after a miscarriage?
  • What tips, tricks, do’s and don’ts do you have for men about communicating with their family after a miscarriage?
  • What tips, tricks, do’s and don’ts do you have for men about communicating with their friends after a miscarriage?
  • What tips, tricks, do’s and don’ts do you have for men about communicating with their broader community, such as their colleagues, after a miscarriage?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to a man whose partner has miscarried?

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