Women's Views of Ultrasonography in Obstetrics


  • Nancy Stewart

    1. Nancy Stewart is a representative of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services, 1 Styche Hall, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3RB, England.
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  • This paper was presented at the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on Maternity and the Newborn: Ultrasonography in Obstetrics, April 17, 1985.


ABSTRACT: Although a few studies have suggested that ultrasound scans can improve the bonding between mother and fetus, many women described themselves as more concerned or worried after a scan than they were before. It is possible that some women who feel relieved after a scan are relieved of the fears the procedure itself generated, since no significant differences were found in anxiety levels between a postscan and a no-scan group. Excessive reliance on the technology could reduce the clinical skills of caregivers.