Research efforts during the past decades have provided intriguing evidence suggesting that stressful experiences during pregnancy exert long-term consequences on the future mental wellbeing of both the mother and her baby. Recent human epidemiological and animal studies indicate that stressful experiences in utero or during early life may increase the risk of neurological and psychiatric disorders, arguably via altered epigenetic regulation.
American Journal of Kidney Diseases: The Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
BACKGROUND: Women with chronic kidney disease (CKD) often have difficulty achieving pregnancy and are at increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes. Given the medical, ethical, and emotional complexities of pregnancy in CKD, the clinical approach should involve explicit consideration of women's values, for which there are sparse data. This study aims to describe the beliefs, values, and experiences of pregnancy in women with CKD to inform prepregnancy counseling and pregnancy care. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative study.
BACKGROUND: Obstetric ultrasound has become a significant tool in obstetric practice, however, it has been argued that its increasing use may have adverse implications for women's reproductive freedom. This study aimed to explore Australian obstetricians' experiences and views of the use of obstetric ultrasound both in relation to clinical management of complicated pregnancy, and in situations where maternal and fetal health interests conflict. METHODS: A qualitative study was undertaken as part of the CROss-Country Ultrasound Study (CROCUS).