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Screening is a routine part of pregnancy care, with ultrasound seen as a social rite of passage and a bonding opportunity,1 2 and many women report they are inadequately prepared for ultrasound finding an abnormality.1 3 After a fetal abnormality has been found, further investigations may be required, such as in-utero MRI, following which prospective parents need high-quality, understandable clinical information to make decisions about the management of their pregnancy.
Recently, SHINE (Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Information, Network, Equality) published results from their survey of 71 families who had a child with spina bifida (SB) recruited from social media on antenatal counselling (found at www.shinecharity.org.uk/antenatal).4 …
Contributors ARH wrote the letter; GY and JS-W collected and interpreted data, as well as reviewed and edited the letter.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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