The iterative process of decision-making

Sam Riedijk, Frederike Dekkers, Lara Ras, Iris Emons, Jane Fisher, Eva Pajkrt, Liesbeth van Leeuwen, Karin E. M. Diderich

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This is the timeframe during which couples hear the (most likely) diagnosis and have to make the decision to terminate or continue the pregnancy. This timeframe is often very short. During the course of only a few weeks, couples see a large number of health care professionals (HCPs) and have to learn to interpret new and complicated information. With this information, they, as (future) parents, have to make a decision with widespread and extensive consequences. In the Netherlands, couples are helped by a multidisciplinary team that determines the recommended option for perinatal management in the case of pregnancy continuation. In the second chapter, Wildschut and Bijma set out how such a multidisciplinary team operates, and how it supports couples in their decision toward terminating or continuing a pregnancy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrenatal Genetic Counseling
Subtitle of host publicationPractical Support for Prenatal Diagnostics, Decision-Making, and Dealing with Uncertainty
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780128233290
ISBN (Print)9780128233313
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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NamePrenatal Genetic Counseling: Practical Support for Prenatal Diagnostics, Decision-Making, and Dealing with Uncertainty


  • Decision-making
  • continuing a pregnancy
  • psychological challenges
  • reflection period
  • termination of pregnancy

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