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Experiences of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Through the Perspective of United Arab Emirates Women: A Qualitative Study
Fatima Muhammad Ibrahim1, Shamsa Abdulmanan Abdul Rahman Al Awar2, Nahid Dehghan Nayeri3, Moamar Al-Jefout4,5, Fahimeh Ranjbar6, Zahra Behboodi Moghadam7
1Reproductive Health Department, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, International Campus (TUMS-IC), Tehran, Iran
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine and Health Science, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE
3School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CM and HS, UAEU, Al-Ain, UAE
5Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mutah Medical Faculty, Mutah University, Mutah, Jordan
6Nursing Care Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
7Reproductive Health Department, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran

IJWHR 2019; 7: 306?312
DOI: 10.15296/ijwhr.2019.51
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Keywords : Recurrent miscarriage, Perception, Experience, United Arab Emirates, Qualitative study
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate the perception and experience of recurrent pregnancy loss through the perspective of women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Materials and Methods: This qualitative study was conducted in 2017 and 12 women with recurrent miscarriage were interviewed, using purposive sampling method, in the Medical and Health Clinic of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology under the supervision of the UAE Medical University. Transcribed interviews were analyzed using conventional content analysis.

Results: Data analysis led to the extraction of three main themes, including endless pregnancy, thirst for support and affirmation, and religious beliefs.

Conclusions: Overall, the experience of recurrent miscarriage means endless pregnancy from Arab women?s perspective, which awakened a thirst for support and affirmation. In this regard, the utilization of religious beliefs greatly reduced their pain. Therefore, knowing the dangers and consequences of recurrent miscarriages in Arab women, adopting preventative measures, and improving the quality of care in these vulnerable women require special attention.

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