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Experiences of 1st Trimester Prenatal Screening in a One Stop Clinic

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Author(s)

  • G. Hundt-Lewando
  • J. Sandall
  • K. Spencer
  • B. Heyman
  • C. Williams
  • R. Grellier
  • L. Pitson
  • Maria Tsouroufli

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JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
DatePublished - 2008
Issue number3
Volume16
Pages (from-to)156-159
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Antenatal screening in the first trimester of pregnancy in
a one-stop clinic through the use of ultrasound to measure
nuchal translucency and the analysis of maternal blood serum
for biochemical markers alters the experience for women
and their partners. The conflation of the dating scan with the
measurement of nuchal translucency means that there is early
visualization of the fetus and reassurance that the risk of Down’s
syndrome has been assessed. The period of uncertainty between
having the screening and getting the results is shortened from
seven to ten days to one hour but the uncertainty concerning the
possibility of Down’s syndrome is raised earlier in the pregnancy
with health professionals. Contrary to professional expectations,
many women surveyed after visiting the clinic understand the
dual purpose of the ultrasound. These technologies delivered in
a one-stop setting have altered not only the organization of the
clinic but also women’s experiences of early pregnancy.

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