Taiwanese women's process of recovery from stillbirth: a qualitative descriptive study

Res Nurs Health. 2014 Jun;37(3):219-28. doi: 10.1002/nur.21594. Epub 2014 Apr 15.


The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to portray the recovery process of Taiwanese women after stillbirth. Data were generated through individual in-depth interviews with 21 women selected using purposeful sampling. Three stages in an emotional journey of recovery were suffering from silent grief, searching for a way out, and achieving peace of mind and mental stability. Throughout their journey, the women's overarching concern was where the deceased child had gone and whether it was well. Together these stages composed A pathway to peace of mind, a mental journey on which women struggled to spiritually connect with the lost baby and finally sought a personal pathway to emotional peace. Findings can inform healthcare providers in providing culturally sensitive care for Taiwanese women to facilitate healing after a stillbirth.

Keywords: Taiwan; grief; healing; loss; perinatal loss; qualitative descriptive study; stillbirth.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Family Relations
  • Female
  • Grief*
  • Humans
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Qualitative Research
  • Spouses / psychology
  • Stillbirth / psychology*
  • Taiwan