ResearchThe Lived Experience of WOMEN WHO UNDERGO PRENATAL DIAGNOSTIC TESTING Due to Elevated Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein ScreeningALTENEDER, RUTH ROWLAND PHD, CNM; KENNER, CAROLE DNS, RN, FAAN; GREENE, DIANE MSN, RN; POHORECKI, SHARON MSN, CPNPAuthor Information Ruth Rowland Alteneder is an Associate Dean Graduate Program and Professor at the Medical College of Ohio, School of Nursing, Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Alteneder can be reached at the Medical College of Ohio, School of Nursing, Collier Building, 3015 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43614-5803 and via e-mail at [email protected] Carole Kenner is a Professor at the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio. Diane Greene is a Staff Nurse, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sharon Pohorecki is in charge of the Home Visiting Pediatric Program at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio. Funding for this project has been received from Zeta Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Research Incentive Fund, Medical College of Ohio. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July 1998 - Volume 23 - Issue 4 - p 180-186 Buy Abstract Purpose: To explore the lived experiences of a sample of 16 pregnant women who obtained an elevated maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein screening and had further prenatal diagnostic procedures to determine fetal status. Design: Phenomenology Methods: Sixteen pregnant women were interviewed on two occasions, immediately after contact with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, and again during the immediate postpartum period. Interviews were conducted until analysis indicated that there was emergence of common themes. A nine-step method was used in the analysis procedure. Results: The exhaustive description of the experience revealed four chronological reaction periods during the experience. Clinical Implications: Interactions clearly demonstrated the need for nursing interventions throughout the experience of prenatal diagnostic testing. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.