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Psychological response to multifetal reduction and pregnancy termination due to fetal abnormality.
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PMID:  22984781     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Objective: To investigate the emotional response in cases of multifetal reduction and pregnancy termination and to compare the psychological response between these two groups. Methods: A prospective study in a tertiary-care, university-affiliated medical center. The study group included 65 women who had been advised to terminate pregnancy because of a finding of a severe fetal abnormality on ultrasound screening (pregnancy termination group) and 41 women advised to undergo reduction because of the presence of multiple fetuses (multifetal reduction group). All women underwent psychological testing using validated questionnaires addressing perinatal grief and anxiety levels. Results: Women in both the multifetal reduction and the pregnancy termination groups reported significant degree of grief and anxiety before and after the procedure, although the levels of anxiety on the day of procedure and anxiety and grief at follow up were higher in the pregnancy termination group (t=2.438, p=0.016; t=2.441, p=0.017; and t=3.111, p=0.03, respectively). In both groups there was a gradual decrease in the state anxiety with time (48.01±8.26 to 37.59±9.23; t=-9.931; p<.001). Several factors affected the emotional response in the cases, including marital status, level of education, employment status, and gestational age. There was no association between a history of prior perinatal loss and emotional response. Conclusion: There is need for a continuing psychosocial support of women undergoing multifetal reduction and pregnancy termination for fetal abnormalities.
Reuven Mashiach; Dianne Anter; Nir Melamed; Menachem Ben-Ezra; Israel Meizner; Yaira Hamama-Raz
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-9-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Helen Schneider Hospital for Women, Rabin Medical Center, Petach Tikva 49100 and Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv.
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