A pregnant woman is attending a check up at the physician's office. The mother discovers that her child has chromosomal abnormalities and will be mentally and physically handicapped. The mother begins to cry. How should the nurse respond?

Sit with the patient and allow her to cry and express her feelings


•The mother is overwhelmed with the unexpected news. The nurse should provide comfort and support.

•The nurse should wait to contact the social worker.

•Recommending a second opinion at this time may be premature. Let the patient adjust to the news.

•The nurse should not tell the patient what to do.

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