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Dilemmas of Medicalized Pregnancy

  • Category
    Ethics
  • Published
    4th Nov, 2019

The use of pre-natal medical tests is increasing alarmingly in India risking the life and health of both mother and foetus.

Issue

Context

The use of pre-natal medical tests is increasing alarmingly in India risking the life and health of both mother and foetus.

Background

  • Pregnancy has been largely medicalised and made technology dependent and doctor-centered.
  • Pregnant women and their families feel that they are often uninformed of the choices that lie before them as they consent to a battery of tests such as triple markers, 3-D ultrasounds and amniocentesis.
  • Consenting to undergo a prenatal test means accepting the possibility (likely or remote) that your baby may be born with a disability of some kind.
  • Pre-natal tests and scans can be useful in many ways and can offer critical information that can improve the care of mother and baby and also help some parents make an informed choice about the future of the pregnancy.
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