Ugeskr Læger 2014;176:V02140109
Screening for Down’s syndrome can cause both security and anxiety
Most women experience periods of increased anxiety and worry during pregnancy, and in many cases it is an appropriate response to a novel situation of change and transition. Women participate in screening for Down’s syndrome in order to receive a general reassurance of the health of their baby. Generally, a screen-negative result does increase pregnant women’s feelings of reassurance. A screen-positive result generates uncertainty and anxiety, however this anxiety declines to normal levels following a normal diagnostic result.