Obstetrical Complications Among Women Who Attended A Crisis Pregnancy Center
Posted Date: Sep 14, 2020
- Investigator: Priya Gursahaney
- Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Gynecology
- Type of Study: Observational/Survey
Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are typically non-profit organizations that provide counseling, resources, or services such as financial assistance, child-rearing resources, and adoption referrals, to pregnant women. Ultrasounds are often provided at CPCs by staff who are not formally trained to interpret the images and, therefore, may not be equipped to recognize serious obstetrical complications regarding the fetus and/or mother. Clients are often unaware that these are not facilities with licensed staff and may believe that the information they receive at the time of the ultrasound is medically accurate. Delays in care for obstetrical complications, such as ectopic pregnancy, can be dangerous and, sometimes, fatal. Studies examining the effects of CPCs on women’s health and well-being are limited in that they do not capture the perspectives of women with undetected obstetrical complications after seeking care at a CPC. We want to conduct in-depth interviews with patients who attend either the Ohio State University Werner Medical Center or the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with an ectopic pregnancy or other obstetrical complications after having previously received an ultrasound at a CPC.
Ultrasound, Pregnancy, Complication
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