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Table 3 Theme, categories and sub-categories

From: A routine tool with far-reaching influence: Australian midwives’ views on the use of ultrasound during pregnancy

Theme Category Sub-category
Obstetric ultrasound – a routine tool with far-reaching influence I. Experiencing pros and cons of ultrasound Optimising pregnancy outcomes
Providing choice, reassurance and boding
Contributing to medicalisation of pregnancy
Leading to complex decision-making dilemmas and parental anxiety
II. Viewing ultrasound as a normalised and unquestioned examination A standard component with diverse meanings
A fully informed choice?
Reducing societal tolerance for disability?
III. Reflecting on the fetus as a person in relation to the pregnant woman Visualisation technology contributes to personification of the fetus
The law versus personal views
Stating maternal rights as the first priority