Communication, relationships and care : a reader by Martin Robb; et al

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38 LIFE CHOICES MAUREEN: Quite often if there is any problem with spina bifida you see it on the scan. I’ll see you in 6–7 weeks time in the community. Do blood tests then. (This conversation about screening took five minutes). This is just one aspect of a large amount of diverse and complex information that is exchanged at the booking interview. Pregnant women and their supporters are provided with information that relates to different aspects and times in their pregnancy. This can be difficult to assimilate in the short time that this takes place.

For example, we anticipated that the setting in which the meeting took place would impact upon the quality of the encounter. We speculated that women might be more relaxed in their own home and therefore able to exchange and take in information more easily. However, the greatest cause of interruptions in all settings was the presence of demanding toddlers needing frequent 40 LIFE CHOICES attention. In one home although Mary’s partner was there to look after their toddler, there was never enough time for there to be an uninterrupted discussion as the toddler was constantly taken in and out of the room in which they were meeting.

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