Title

"Holding our breath": The experiences of women contemplating nuchal translucency screening

Date of this Version

2009

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Interim status: Citation only.

Hawthorne, F., & Ahern, K. (2009). "Holding our breath": The experiences of women contemplating nuchal translucency screening. Applied nursing research, 22(4), 236-242.

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2009 HERDC submission. FoR code: 1110

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Abstract

This article describes the experiences of women who were contemplating nuchal translucency (NT) screening for Down syndrome. Data were collected via semistructured interviews from 20 participants and subjected to a hermeneutic analysis. Findings included that pregnancy was considered to be an essentially abnormal process involving major risks and that being a “good mother” meant rejecting their own mother's advice and keeping quiet about a decision to terminate the pregnancy. Friends played an important role in influencing women to accept NT screening.

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