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Table 1 Summary of themes derived from thematic analysis of the transcribed interviews

From: “Not just a normal mum”: a qualitative investigation of a support service for women who are pregnant subsequent to perinatal loss

Main theme Sub theme
1. The overall experience 1.1 Mothers’ perspective
1.2 For fathers
1.3 For siblings
1.4 For other family members
2. The unique experience of pregnancy after loss 2.1 Heightened emotions
2.2 Triggers
2.3 Personal growth
2.4 Emotional restraint
2.5 Individual journey
2.6 Ways of coping with bereavement
2.7 Partner’s experience
2.8 Siblings’ experience
2.9 Experience of other family members
3. Support from PALC 3.1 Service characteristics
3.2 Emotionally supportive relationships
3.3 PALC care provision
3.4 Services available
3.6 Balance between medical and emotional support
4. Experiences of other Services 4.1 Midwives (non-PALC)
4.2 Doctors
5. Recommendations for PALC 5.1 Extending existing PALC
5.2 Partner-specific PALC services
5.3 Child-specific PALC services
6. Need for alternative services 6.1 For mothers
6.2 For children
6.3 For partners
7. Advice: Mother to mother 7.1 Address concerns
7.2 Utilise coping strategies
7.3 Moving forward