BONUS 272: Terminating for Medical Reasons

August 14, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Julie Bindeman, a reproductive psychologist at Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington.

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Dr. Bindeman and Heather discuss terminating a desired pregnancy for medical reasons:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose a career in therapy for individuals with reproductive issues?
  • Take us through your career.

TERMINATING FOR MEDICAL REASONS

  • What is terminating for medical reasons (TFMR)?
  • When might a serious medical condition be found in pregnancy?
  • What might continuing the pregnancy mean for the parents and baby?
  • Why do couples choose to do this?
  • Why might couples not choose to do this?
  • What are the different types of termination and how do you decide which is best for you?
  • Aren’t there laws against this?
  • What challenges might people face when terminating for medical reasons?
  • How do people respond afterward?
  • How does one heal after terminating for medical reasons?
  • How do people talk about this loss?
  • How do people manage others in their life who might not be pro-choice?
  • What is a subsequent pregnancy like for someone who TFMR?
  • Can it happen a second time? What is that like?
  • Are there any resources you can share?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to listeners who are facing the choice of terminating for medical reasons?

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