Termination of pregnancy following diagnosis of fetal malformation: the need for improved follow-up services

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Abstract

Eighty parents were offered an emotional support and counseling service following termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality detected by second trimester ultrasound examination. Twenty couples took up the invitation to talk about their experiences. It was found that these women and their partners were profoundly affected by their decision to terminate the pregnancy. The lack of organized follow-up by existing agencies and the availability of professional support for these parents is a serious deficiency in our prenatal diagnostic services.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-100
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume31
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1988

Keywords

  • Abortion, Induced, Congenital Abnormalities, Female, Humans, Parents, Pregnancy, Psychotherapy, Group, Social Support, Ultrasonography