SAGE Journal Articles

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LO 3.3. List six principles of teratology, and explain how they can be used to predict prenatal outcomes.

Lynch, T. A., & Abel, D. E. (2015). Teratogens and congenital heart disease. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/8756479315598524 

Summary/abstract excerpt: The study provides information on how best to assess cardiac lesions using fetal echocardiography and discusses the potential teratogenic agents associated with an increased risk of congenital heart disease.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is the incidence of congenital heart disease?
  2. Explain the timeline of fetal heart development. During what prenatal stage does fetal heart development occur?
  3. What are the various potential teratogenic agents discussed in the article?
  4. What is the connection between unintended pregnancies and the potential for congenital heart disease?

LO 3.7. Explain the process of childbirth.

Chadwick, R. J., & Foster, D. (2012). Technologies of gender and childbirth choices: Home birth, elective caesarean and white femininities in South Africa. Feminism & Psychology, 23(3), 317-338.

Summary/abstract excerpt: The article discusses childbirth choices as they relate to gender and ethnicity. Home birth choice and elective caesarean section births are discussed as regulated by white femininity in South Africa.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Discuss how the choice to have an elective caesarean section or home birth is racialized in South Africa.
  2. What is the rationale that women use for choosing a home birth or an elective caesarean section? How would this differ in the United States based on the freedoms/restrictions that women have in choosing the type of birth they can have?
  3. What are “technologies of gender” and how do they apply to childbirth?