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