Antenatal diagnosis of surgically correctable anomalies: Effects of repeated consultations on parental anxiety

L. Aite, A. Trucchi, A. Nahom, A. Zaccara, E. La Sala, Pietro Bagolan

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Abstract

Objective: To access whether or not a correlation exists between antenatal consultations and parental anxiety. Study Design: In total, 31 couples undergoing prenatal consultation after a diagnosis of a surgically correctable anomaly were asked to fill in a questionnaire (Spielberger Stat-Trait Anxiety Inventory) measuring anxiety levels (AL) both after the first consultation and at birth. Prenatal counselling was done by a perinatal team including paediatric surgeon, obstetrician, and psychologist. Results: Malformations were: eight diaphragmatic hernias, 10 intestinal atresias, four abdominal masses, nine abdominal wall defects. Each fetus was subsequently followed up at regular intervals from diagnosis to birth. AL at birth were then compared with the number of antenatal consultations. A negative correlation (r = -0.688, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-654
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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