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Pregnancy termination due to fetal anomaly: women's reactions, satisfaction and experiences of care
Karolinska Institutet / Karolinska University Hospital / Sophiahemmet Högskola.
Karolinska Institutet / Ultragyn i Sverige AB.
Karolinska Institutet / Karolinska University Hospital.
Karolinska Institutet / Sophiahemmet Högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2626-2335
2014 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 30, no 6, p. 620-627Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE:

to explore what women who have had a pregnancy terminated due to a detected fetal malformation perceived as having been important in their encounters with caregivers for promoting their healthy adjustment and well-being.

METHOD:

an exploratory descriptive design was used. Semi-structured interviews were audiotaped, and the information pathway described. The text was processed through qualitative content analysis in six steps.

SETTING:

four fetal care referral centres in Stockholm, Sweden.

PARTICIPANTS:

11 women opting for pregnancy termination due to fetal malformation.

FINDINGS:

in-depth understanding and compassion are important factors in providing the feeling of support people need so they are able to adapt to crisis. The women emphasised that the caregivers have to communicate a sense of responsibility, hope and respect and provide on-going care for them to feel assured of receiving good medical care and treatment. Aside from existing psychological conditions, the women identified as having emotional distress directly after termination and for at least the following three months. Most women experienced a range of negative emotions after pregnancy termination, including sadness, meaninglessness, loneliness, tiredness, grief, anger and frustration. Still some of this group had positive reactions because they experienced empathy and well-organised care.

CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE:

The most important factors associated with satisfaction regarding pregnancy termination due to a fetal malformation are the human aspects of care, namely state-dependent communication and in-depth understanding and compassion. The changes in care most often asked for were improvements in the level of standards and provision of adequate support through state-dependent communication, in-depth understanding and compassion, and complete follow-up routines and increased resources. Targeted education for the caregivers may be suited to ensuring that they properly meet needs of their patients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 30, no 6, p. 620-627
Keywords [en]
Fetal abnormality, Obstetrical ultrasound, Psychological outcome, Care
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2907DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2013.10.013PubMedID: 24269148OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-2907DiVA, id: diva2:1325928
Available from: 2013-09-13 Created: 2019-06-17 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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