Nursing journal says handling aborted babies is a “challenging clinical event” for nurses

By Sarah Terzo

An article in the Journal of Clinical Nursing says [referring to actions they must take after an abortion]:

“… the New Zealand situation would be common in that nurses are frequently required to clean and dress the fetus, ensure transfer to an appropriate receptacle if the mother wants to see it, all the while supporting the woman as she goes through this process. This often occurs after a lengthy period when the women and nurses have been intimately connected, working through a range of decisions such as whether the mother wants to see, and perhaps name or photograph the fetus. Consequently, although women undergoing mid-trimester termination are `well’, this is a challenging clinical event that requires much from nurses in terms of physiological and psychological skill and expertise.”

Annette D. Huntington, BN, PhD, “Working with women experiencing mid-trimester termination of pregnancy: the integration of nursing and feminist knowledge in the gynaecological setting” Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2002, 11 273-279.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.