Psychological aspects of prenatal diagnosis and its implications in multiple pregnancies

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  • Elizabeth Bryan

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    1. The Multiple Births Foundation, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, Du Cane Road, London, UK
    • The Multiple Births Foundation, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HS, UK.
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Abstract

Couples expecting twins are often unrealistically optimistic and are therefore unprepared for the complications as well as the practical and emotional impact the birth of twins can have on the family. All such couples will need information and support throughout the pregnancy and beyond. In this review, the various aspects that should be addressed are discussed, in particular, health care workers and counsellors need to be aware of the stress experienced by parents who have been through prolonged treatment for infertility or who face the special problems associated with the loss of one twin (implies the loss could be other than death). Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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