Embodied experiences of prenatal diagnosis of fetal abnormality and pregnancy termination

Pitt, Penelope, McClaren, Belinda J. and Hodgson, Jan 2016, Embodied experiences of prenatal diagnosis of fetal abnormality and pregnancy termination, Reproductive health matters, vol. 24, no. 47, pp. 168-177, doi: 10.1016/j.rhm.2016.04.003.

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Title Embodied experiences of prenatal diagnosis of fetal abnormality and pregnancy termination
Author(s) Pitt, Penelope
McClaren, Belinda J.
Hodgson, Jan
Journal name Reproductive health matters
Volume number 24
Issue number 47
Start page 168
End page 177
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 0968-8080
Keyword(s) embodiment
pregnancy termination
fetal abnormality
prenatal diagnosis and testing
Summary Pregnant women routinely undergo prenatal screening in Australia and this has become a common experience of motherhood. When prenatal screening or prenatal testing results in diagnosis of a serious fetal abnormality, women are presented with a decision to continue or terminate their pregnancy. Few recent studies have explored women’s psychosocial experience of prenatal diagnosis and pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality, and within this small group of studies it is rare for research to consider the embodied aspect of women’s experiences. This paper reports on qualitative findings from in-depth interviews with 59 women in Melbourne, Australia who received a prenatal diagnosis of a significant abnormality and decided to terminate the pregnancy. Interview transcripts were coded inductively through thematic analysis. Two themes about embodiment were generated from the interviews: transitioning embodiment, and vulnerable bodies in un/comfortable spaces. Theory of pregnant embodiment was drawn on in interpreting women’s narratives. Recommendations arising from the analysis include health professionals recognising, acknowledging and accommodating the transitioning embodied state of women as they consider, prepare for, undergo and recover from pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality. Further recommendations address the connections and disconnections between this transitioning embodied state and the spaces of clinics, hospitals and home.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.rhm.2016.04.003
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier Inc.
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