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Termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality incompatible with life: women's experiences in Brazil.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16291495     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Fetal abnormality incompatible with life is a fact and the options for dealing with it are abortion or birth followed by death. This paper reports a qualitative study of the experience of ten women who had a pregnancy termination in a university hospital in Brazil for fetal abnormality incompatible with life. The women were interviewed approximately 40 days after the procedure. The experience was marked by strong emotions for the women, who had a terrible shock on learning of the diagnosis, which was given between 13 and 25 weeks into their pregnancies. They cried, and experienced fear, despair, anguish, a sense of uselessness and refusal to accept the situation. When they took the decision to terminate their pregnancies, the women experienced sadness, despair and guilt, and all these feelings caused them intense suffering. The killing of the fetus was the most difficult part of the termination for them. Nevertheless, afterwards they were satisfied with the decision taken and believed that it was the correct one, despite the anguish it caused. The inclusion of fetal abnormality incompatible with life in the Brazilian law on pregnancy termination would help to reduce women's suffering and contribute to the provision of supportive care by the health services.
Authors:
Lúcia de Lourdes Ferreira da Costa; Ellen Hardy; Maria José Duarte Osis; Anibal Faúndes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Reproductive health matters     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0968-8080     ISO Abbreviation:  Reprod Health Matters     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-18     Completed Date:  2006-01-19     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9420826     Medline TA:  Reprod Health Matters     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  139-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
School of Medical Sciences, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo, Brazil. lucial@unicamp.br
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Abortion, Eugenic / legislation & jurisprudence,  psychology*
Adult
Brazil
Female
Humans
Interviews as Topic
Pregnancy
Qualitative Research

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