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The experience of black parents/caretakers with the births and care of a child with profound congenital defects

M.S. Mabaso, L.R. Uys
Curationis | Vol 13, No 1/2 | a292 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v13i1/2.292 | © 1990 M.S. Mabaso, L.R. Uys | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 September 1990 | Published: 26 September 1990

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M.S. Mabaso, University of Natal, Durban. Principal Tutor, Natal College of Nursing: King Edward VIII Campus (College of midwifery), South Africa
L.R. Uys, University of the Orange Free State, Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Natal: Durban, South Africa

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Abstract

The reaction of Black families to the birth and care of a baby with profound congenital defects was researched using twenty case studies. It was found that the families went through stages of the grieving process, that they shifted from the Western/Christian viewpoint to the traditional viewpoint in their struggle to cope and that they find the existing services grossly inadequate.

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