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PRENATAL DIAGNOSIS

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  • Peter Baumann md,

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    • 1 Barbara L. McFarlin is a nurse-midwife at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit. She is also a registered diagnostic medical sonographer. She received her BSN in 1974 and MS in 1984 from the University of Illinois College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Barbara McFarlin cnm, ms

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      3Department of Nurse-Midwifery, DMC—Hutzel Hospital, 4707 St Antoine Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48201.
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    • 2 Peter Baumann is a research physician at the Perinatal Research Branch of the NICHHD, Detroit Medical Center-Hutzel Hospital, Wayne State University. He received his medical degree in 1982 and has been training in endocrinology, gynecologic oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, and ultrasonography/genetics.


3Department of Nurse-Midwifery, DMC—Hutzel Hospital, 4707 St Antoine Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48201.

ABSTRACT

The standards for the practice of nurse-midwifery declare competence in prenatal diagnosis as one of the core competencies for basic nurse-midwifery practice. Encompassing the most frequently encountered situations that involve prenatal diagnostic counselling, this article aims at providing insight to the practicing nurse-midwife into the risks and benefits of invasive prenatal diagnostic procedures and prenatal diagnostic testing, thereby enabling the midwife to counsel the woman and help her to choose an invasive procedure according to her individual needs.

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