Midwives and information on prenatal testing with focus on Down syndrome
2015 (English)In: Prenatal Diagnosis, ISSN 0197-3851, E-ISSN 1097-0223, Vol. 35, no 12, 1202-1207 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVE: To investigate midwives' knowledge of prenatal diagnosis especially Down syndrome, information given by midwives to parents, expectant parents' requests for information and how midwives perceive their own competence to give information.
METHOD: A cross-sectional, prospective study with a questionnaire was completed by 64 out of 70 midwives working in the outpatient antenatal care in Uppsala County, Sweden.
RESULTS: The midwives had varying and in some areas low levels of knowledge about Down syndrome. Information about Down syndrome was most often given only when asked for or when there was an increased probability of a Down syndrome pregnancy. The most common questions from expectant parents concerned test methods and risk assessments while questions regarding symptoms of Down syndrome and consequences of having a child with Down syndrome were uncommon. The majority (83-89%) had insufficient or no education regarding different prenatal tests. Only 2 midwives (3%) had received education about Down syndrome and 10% felt they had sufficient knowledge to inform about the syndrome. More education about prenatal tests and Down syndrome was desired by 94%.
CONCLUSION: It is important to ensure that midwives in antenatal care have sufficient knowledge to inform expectant parents about the conditions screened for.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 35, no 12, 1202-1207 p.
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Medical Genetics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268688DOI: 10.1002/pd.4676ISI: 000368442000007PubMedID: 26279318OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-268688DiVA: diva2:878676