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My Child or My Life: How Could I Choose?

Kennedy, Victoria

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3182785f31
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ABSTRACT: A nurse with hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare complication of pregnancy, faced risk of death. She relays her agonizing experience and how she and her husband made the difficult decision to abort her baby. She offers insight into how to nurture, care and support women and families when pregnancy complications occur.

This nurse, writing under a pseudonym 30 years ago, relays the agonizing decision to discontinue a pregnancy that threatened her life. Although her situation was rare and might have turned out differently today, her experience helps nurses understand how to offer support in crisis pregnancy situations.

At the time this article originally appeared in JCN Victoria Kennedy, RN, was a pseudonym for this emergency-department staff nurse who taught classes in death and dying for nurses, high-school students, and churches. She and her husband had no children but were hoping to adopt.

Reprinted from JCN, Volume 1, Number 3, Fall 1984, pp. 4-6.

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