Date of Award
Master of Science
Human Development and Family Studies
Mary Jane Brotherson
Leslie R. Bloom
The loss of a child does not agree with most people's perceptions of the natural order of life and death. It marks an end to the hopes and dreams that parents have made for their children (Znoj & Keller, 2002). This feminist narrative inquiry explores mothers' experiences with decision-making and grief after receiving a lethal prenatal diagnosis for their unborn child. In such circumstances, mothers are often faced with two options: (1) expectant management/continue the pregnancy, or (2) termination of the pregnancy (Rapp, 1999; Hoeldtke & Calhoun, 2001). Through interviewing, participant observation, and personal narrative, I uncover the grief experiences of mothers as they reflect on their child's terminal diagnosis, decision-making pertaining to pregnancy management, and the unavoidable death of their child. These women's stories inform policy, practice, and future research by providing insight into the support services offered, or lack thereof, depending on the option chosen for pregnancy management.
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Teske Renee Drake
Drake, Teske Renee, ""It's not fair!" Mothers' experiences with perinatal loss upon confirmation of a lethal prenatal diagnosis" (2008). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 15385.