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Pregnancy Choices and the Role of Ultrasound Viewing

York, Ashley B.; Bagwell, Laurie L.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000557
Feature: research/practice

ABSTRACT: Limited research exists on the impact of ultrasound use in abortion or pregnancy clinic settings, to assist women in decision-making regarding their pregnancy. A retrospective chart review study was conducted at a pregnancy resource center to examine the impact of ultrasound viewing on a woman's decision to continue her pregnancy. During a 1-year period, intention to terminate pregnancy was reduced from 44 cases to 14 cases after viewing the ultrasound. Nursing implications include understanding the value of ultrasound viewing among pregnant women considering abortion.

Ashley B. York, DNP, APRN, is an assistant professor at Samford University in Homewood, Alabama. She is certified as a nurse practitioner in women's health and adult/gerontology primary care and has volunteered at a Christian pregnancy resource center.

Laurie L. Bagwell, DNP, APRN, is an associate professor at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and DNP advisor to Ashley York. She also is certified as a family nurse practitioner.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 07/09/2018

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