LATE TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY FOR FETAL ABNORMALITIES:VIEWS AND ATTITUDES OF PATIENTS AND HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

Constant Ndjapa-Ndamkou, Logie Govender

Abstract


Since the Fetal Medicine Unit of IALCH  was opened in August 2003, there has been no systematic evaluation of  views and attitudes of those whose responsibilities involve late TOP for fetal abnormalities. The opinions of the pregnant woman (whose joyful expectation of a live-born baby is abruptly ended, when she is counseled for late TOP). The Mid-wives and Doctors who render this service, need to be constantly appraised. There is also the necessity to sample the views and attitude of other medical staff (Neonatologist, Paediatrician, Geneticist and Social Worker) who have to deal with the

post-delivery trauma and depression of women who may have objected to late TOP in the face of  evidence of severe fetal abnormality