Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Mary Jane Brotherson

Second Advisor

Dianne Draper

Third Advisor

Leslie R. Bloom

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16614

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Teske Renee Drake

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1454681

OCLC Number

268972023

ISBN

9780549687009

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

112 pages

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