Special Call: Improving Care for Women Facing the End of a Desired Pregnancy: Nurses' Perceptions and Care of Women on a Labor & Delivery Unit
- Author(s): Lechert, Taylor A
- O'Shea, Ashlea D
- Williamson, Emily M
- et al.
Approximately 3% of all pregnancies are affected by fetal anomalies; consequently, mothers face the difficult decision of whether to continue or terminate their pregnancy. An estimated 47% – 90% of women choose to terminate these pregnancies. Induction of labor in cases of fetal demise is thought of as less controversial than induction termination, but nurses may resist and even refuse to care for women in these cases.