Continuing With Pregnancy After a Diagnosis of Lethal Abnormality: Experience of Five Couples and Recommendations for Management
Chitty, Lyn S.
Barnes, Chris A.
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1996 Aug 24; 313(7055): 478-480.
In the genetics clinic we meet many parents whose pregnancy has been complicated by the unexpected finding of a serious fetal malformation. Many of these couples terminate their pregnancy but some continue and allow nature to take its course. We summarise the experience of five couples and highlight various aspects showing the inappropriateness of routine obstetric care for these women. These were five consecutive couples known to the genetics department who agreed to a semistructured, tape recorded interview at varying intervals (one week to eight months) after their pregnancies.
Abortion; Anencephaly; Attitudes; Childbirth; Chromosome Abnormalities; Communication; Compassion; Congenital Disorders; Counseling; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Fetuses; Genetics; Interprofessional Relations; Mortality; Nature; Parents; Patient Care; Patient Care Team; Patient Participation; Pregnant Women; Prenatal Diagnosis; Privacy; Professional Patient Relationship; Prognosis; Psychological Stress; Pregnancy; Selective Abortion; Survey; Truth Disclosure;
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