Objective: To investigate, from the perspective of women and partners, at what stage of a termination of pregnancy (TOP) for fetal anomalies psychosocial care (PSC) is most meaningful, what topics should be discussed, and who should provide PSC. Method: A cross‐sectional retrospective cohort study was conducted with a consecutive series of 76 women and 36 partners, who completed a semi‐structured online questionnaire. Results: Overall, women expressed a greater need for PSC than their partners. Parents expressed a preference for receiving support from a maternal‐fetal medicine specialist to help them understand the severity and consequences of the anomalies found and to counsel them in their decision regarding termination. Parents showed a preference for support from mental healthcare providers to help with their emotional responses. Forty‐one percent of the women visited a psychosocial professional outside of the hospital after the TOP, indicating a clear need for a well‐organised aftercare. Conclusion: Different disciplines should work together in a complementary way during the diagnosis, decision making, TOP, and aftercare stages. Parents' need for PSC should be discussed at the beginning of the process. During aftercare, attention should be paid to grief counselling, acknowledgement of the lost baby's existence, and possible future pregnancies.

doi.org/10.1002/pd.5464, hdl.handle.net/1765/118857
Prenatal Diagnosis
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Dekkers, F.H.W., Go, A., Stapersma, L., Eggink, A.J., & Utens, E. (2019). Termination of pregnancy for fetal anomalies: Parents' preferences for psychosocial care. Prenatal Diagnosis, 39(8), 575–587. doi:10.1002/pd.5464