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Routine ultrasound examination during pregnancy: a world of possibilities.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1588-135X
2010 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 26, 18-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective

to identify and describe the meaning of the routine ultrasound scan to pregnant women.

Design

a qualitative descriptive study using a grounded theory approach, with individual interviews to collect data.

Setting

three antenatal clinics in a Swedish county of approximately 400,000 inhabitants.

Participants

voluntary samples of 10 pregnant Swedish women, 26–38 years of age, were interviewed prior to their first routine ultrasound.

Findings

‘making it possible’ was the core category that explained and illustrated the meaning of the scan. The core category showed that the women considered the examination to be filled with possibilities to reach different goals during pregnancy. It also explained the categories: ultrasound as an event; ultrasound as a situation; ultrasound as a test; and the effects of ultrasound; as well as how they related to each other. The findings are considered the beginning of a theory concerning the meaning of the first ultrasound to pregnant women.

Key conclusions and implications for practice

pregnant women can see their first ultrasound as a tool that enables them to reach different goals during their pregnancy. Many of the goals concern meeting and connecting with the baby, suggesting that pregnant women consider the examination an important step towards parenthood. An ultrasound examination offered for medical reasons, which has other meanings than the intended for pregnant women, is important knowledge. It can be useful when giving information about the scan, addressing the woman during the examination, and for understanding and handling possible reactions.

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2010. Vol. 26, 18-26 p.
Keyword [en]
Ultrasound; Meaning; Pregnancy; Grounded
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53428DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2008.04.008ISI: 000274918000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-53428DiVA: diva2:288467
Note
Original Publication: Eva Molander, Siw Alehagen and Carina Berterö, Routine ultrasound examination during pregnancy: a world of possibilities., 2010, Midwifery, (26), 18-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2008.04.008 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam http://www.elsevier.com/ Available from: 2010-01-21 Created: 2010-01-21 Last updated: 2017-12-12

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