Anticipating dealing with a handicap in the prenatal diagnosis by Véronique Mirlesse
2009 Award: Anticipating dealing with a handicap in the prenatal diagnosis
A medical practitioner specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology, Véronique Mirlesse practices at the maternity unit at Bichat/Claude Bernard Hospital and Geneva University Hospital in Switzerland.
Her Public health thesis specialising in economics and social sciences was carried out under the supervision of Isabelle Ville, a sociologist specialised in handicaps at CERMES (Centre of Medical and Sanitary Research) and is aimed at studying anticipating dealing with a handicap in the prenatal diagnosis.
Who are the main players of this anticipation, how are they organised and how do they interact with the two parents? In order to gain better insight into to these questions, Véronique Mirlesse – who is fluent in Portuguese – will carry out a qualitative comparative survey between France and Brazil, two countries in which the prenatal diagnosis is experienced in a very different way (abortion is against the law in Brazil, except in the case of rape or a threat to the future mother’s life).