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Termination of pregnancy for foetal indication in the French context analysis of decision-making in a Multidisciplinary Centre For Prenatal Diagnosis

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OBJECTIVE: In France, termination of pregnancy (TOP) for medical reasons is legal, regardless of the term, after authorisation by a Multidisciplinary Centre for Prenatal Diagnosis (MCPD). This study analyses the elements supporting the TOP decision-making process faced with a foetal pathology. STUDY DESIGN: Medical records of one MCPD were analysed for the period 2013 and 2014 and semi-structured interviews with MCPD members were conducted. RESULTS: Out of 265 files concerning foetal indications, all but one resulted in a decision for TOP. The main indications in number for TOP were malformations and chromosomal abnormalities. For indications such as trisomy 21, authorisations are generally given without discussion. Our results underline the importance that professionals attach to the collegiality of decisions, particularly in situations of uncertainty. CONCLUSION: This study provides information about the activity of MCPDs within the field of prenatal diagnosis and shows the importance of these structures in supporting women and couples whilst respecting their autonomy. At present, the role of the MCPD is in the process of evolving and could become an information and advisory board for women, based on collegial expertise to guide their decision-making.
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hal-03154723 , version 1 (13-02-2023)

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S. Baumann, Sylviane Darquy, C. Miry, N. Duchange, G. Moutel. Termination of pregnancy for foetal indication in the French context analysis of decision-making in a Multidisciplinary Centre For Prenatal Diagnosis. Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction, 2021, 50 (8), pp.102067. ⟨10.1016/j.jogoh.2021.102067⟩. ⟨hal-03154723⟩
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