A pregnant woman is attending a checkup at the physician's office. The mother discovers that her child has chromosomal abnormalities and will be mentally and physically handicapped. The mother is crying and says she feels overwhelmed. Which of the following interventions would be appropriate?


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

•The nurse should contact the social worker after allowing the mother time to express her feelings. Social support and resources will be important for this family.

•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 or how to feel. 

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