Pre-Scan Warnings Would Have Caused Extra Distress Say Women With Problem Fetuses
Pregnancy Warning and Fetal Abnormalities
Warning pregnant mothers about fetal abnormalities before scans would only have caused additional distress, according to a study of women who were given bad news when they had an ultrasound to detect possible anomalies at 20 weeks.
Research published in the latest Journal of Advanced Nursing shows that although women wanted to be told immediately if a problem was detected, they didn't want a detailed list of possible problems flagged up in advance, especially as anomalies only affect about two per cent of pregnancies.
Joan Lalor from Trinity College, Dublin, carried out in-depth interviews with 38 women. 35 were carrying a single baby with detected anomalies and three were carrying twins