Dr. Samantha Murphy (Medical Sociologist, U.K.)
Dr Sam Murphy is Head of the Health and Social Care curriculum area at The Open University in the United Kingdom. She is a medical sociologist by background who specialises in death, dying and bereavement and, in particular, the experiences of parents whose baby is stillborn or dies soon after birth. Her particular interest in this subject is located in her own experience as mother to a stillborn daughter who was born in 1994. Parental experiences of stillbirth was the subject of her PhD and she has since published in this area looking specifically at parental identity, stigma and continuing bonds. Sam’s work in this area has extended beyond research and she spent several years as Chair and then treasurer of a local Sands group in Hertfordshire.