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Prenatal Screening: Impact on Normal Pregnancies

  1. Elizabeth Ettorre

Published Online: 28 SEP 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005645



How to Cite

Ettorre, E. 2007. Prenatal Screening: Impact on Normal Pregnancies. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Liverpool, School of Sociology and Social Policy, Liverpool, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 SEP 2007


Focusing on the impact of prenatal screening on women's bodies, the paper sets the scene for an understanding of the social complexities of this type of screening. After looking briefly at the various types of procedures used during the prenatal period, I demonstrate how the mix of prenatal politics, reproductive genetics and gender creates threats to female embodiment. I contend that those of us working in the field need to construct new perceptions about how women's embodied experiences are shaped by these practices. As more prenatal technologies are being deployed, we need to expose the repressive dynamics at work.


  • reproduction;
  • genetics;
  • prenatal;
  • the body;
  • screening