Pregnant- until foetal disability is proven (?) How psychosocial counselling can support pregnant women and couples in the context of Prenatal Diagnostic Testing
Prenatal Testing of pregnant women and unborn children, which specifically searches for abnormalities of the unborn child, has become part of routine prenatal care and is not longer restricted to high-risk pregnancies. The establishment of Prenatal Diagnostic Testing into the routine prenatal care confronts pregnant women/couples with a variety of decisions as for example if and which tests should be done, if invasive tests come into consideration, how they will proceed if abnormalities are found and finally if they will keep the child despite of abnormalities or have an abortion.
This thesis focuses on the question how psychosocial counseling can support women/couples in finding sustainable decisions in this context. It especially focuses on the decision for or against a child with a diagnosed abnormality. For this purpose the focus lies on the psychosocial situation of women and couples in the decision-making process. On the basis of this information, demands and important topics for the psychosocial counseling in the context of Prenatal Diagnostic Testing will be pointed out.