Title

Factors affecting maternal coping and adaptation following the prenatal diagnosis of a rare birth defect, fibular hemimelia, for women who choose not to terminate.

Date of Award

5-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

School

Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

Degree Name

Master of Medical Humanities

Abstract

This work represents a retrospective study of women whose fetuses were diagnosed with Fibular Hemimelia while they were pregnant. It examines the various elements in the medical arena, community resources and maternal characteristics that influenced the mother's ability to cope with the diagnosis and adapt.