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1962) Collected Papers, I. The Problem of Social Reality, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff. Waitzkin, H. (1991) The Politics of Medical Encounters. How Patients Deal With Social Problems, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. CHAPTER 4 LIFE CHOICES: MAKING ANTENATAL SCREENING DECISIONS Carol Komaromy and Angela Russell This chapter is based on some of the ﬁndings from an Open University study that explored the way that women make antenatal screening decisions. The idea for this study grew out of reﬂections from my practice as a midwife in the 1990s on the way those women and their supporters make these decisions.
However, there would seem to be dangers inherent in ascribing views associated with culture and beliefs to groups of women in the way that one of the midwives does here: C. KOMAROMY, A. RUSSELL 41 MIDWIFE B: Asian women have a – are in a culture that they believe that all the tests that we do and all the screening that we do has to be the right thing if the doctor said so. While another midwife considered that this type of generalisation was clearly unsafe: MIDWIFE A: And our assumption is because they’re Muslim and because they’re Asian, they will not have an amniocentesis and they will not go on and have the pregnancy terminated.