Prenatal diagnosis: Women’s interactions with practitioners when severe anomalies are discovered at birth

Lafarge, Caroline ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2148-078X, Rosman, Sophia and Ville, Isabelle (2020) Prenatal diagnosis: Women’s interactions with practitioners when severe anomalies are discovered at birth. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. ISSN 0264-6838 (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: In an increasingly litigious medical environment, this study examined women’s experiences of their interactions with practitioners when severe abnormalities are discovered at birth.

Methods: Eight in-depth interviews with women were conducted in France. Data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Results: Four superordinate themes were identified: the importance of attunement to women’s emotions and needs; the possibility of litigation but no direct accusation; reasons for not resorting to litigation; and reframing and positive transformations. Despite experiencing distress, women were reluctant to make a complaint against practitioners. Several factors may account for this, but practitioners’ ability to relate to women with humanity was particularly significant.

Conclusion: Women understood the limits of technology and of the care practitioners can provide, but greatly valued practitioners’ empathic and honest communications. Thus, adopting a transparent and open approach may foster trusting relationships with women/parents. In turn, this may lower the prospect of litigation being brought against practitioners when severe abnormalities are discovered at birth.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: prenatal diagnosis, doctor-patient interactions, fetal abnormalities, disability, 16wrongful birth, interviews
Subjects: Psychology
Depositing User: Caroline Lafarge
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 15:58
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 15:58
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7249

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