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Prenat Diagn. 1991 Jan;11(1):47-54.

The impact of supportive intervention after second trimester termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality.

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Institute of Medical Genetics, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff, U.K.

Abstract

The reactions of women who had had a termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality in the second trimester have been studied retrospectively using a semi-structured questionnaire. The severity of the grief reaction was measured and the outcome at 6 months was compared with the findings from a previous study in South Wales which had led to the introduction of skilled support from genetic fieldworkers and formal genetic counselling after the termination. Of the 69 women interviewed, 55 (80 per cent) experienced an acute grief reaction and 17 (25 per cent) had not resolved their grief 6 months after the termination, compared with 37 (77 per cent) and 22 (46 per cent) out of 48 respectively in the previous study. Fifty-seven (83 per cent) women had found the fieldworker's intervention useful or very useful, some describing her support as essential. An association between poor resolution of the grief reaction with increasing maternal age and with poor perceived support from partners was noted. Improved follow-up support and counselling have lessened the adverse emotional consequences and support should therefore be offered to all women undergoing termination for fetal malformation.

PIP:

The reactions of women who had undergone a termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality in the 2nd trimester have been studied retrospectively using a semistructured questionnaire. The severity of the grief reaction was measured and the outcome at 6 months compared with the findings from a previous study in South Wales which had led to the introduction of skilled support from genetic fieldworkers and formal genetic counseling after the termination. Of the 69 women interviewed, 55 (80%) experienced an acute grief reaction and 17 (25%) had not resolved their grief 6 months after the termination, compared with 37 (77%) and 22 (46%) of 48, respectively, in the previous study. 57 (83%) women has found the fieldworker's intervention useful or very useful, some describing the support received as essential. An association between poor resolution of the grief reaction with increasing maternal age and with poor perceived support from partners was noted. Improved followup support and counseling have reduced the adverse emotional consequences, and support should thus be offered to all women undergoing pregnancy termination for fetal malformations.

PMID:
2027854
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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