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Experiencing neonatal death: an ambivalent transition into motherhood.
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PMID:  12593348     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To illuminate the lived experience of women facing the threat of lossing their newborn child and then experiencing the reality of their infant's death. STUDY DESIGN: Sixteen women were interviewed approximately 2 years after the death of their infant using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach. FINDINGS: The main theme was ambivalent transition into motherhood. The women went through the whole life-span of their infant during a very short time. The women's narratives were interpreted as broken expectations, total confusion, reality awareness, consciously leave-taking, and elusive grief. CONCLUSIONS: Women need the opportunity to evolve their own patterns and rhythms in the ambivalent transition from expected motherhood to experiencing neonatal dying and death. Knowledge about the individuality of this process may assist nurses in improving the quality of care.
Anita Lundqvist; Tore Nilstun; Anna-Karin Dykes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric nursing     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0097-9805     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Nurs     Publication Date:    2002 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-02-20     Completed Date:  2003-03-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505804     Medline TA:  Pediatr Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  621-5, 610     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Medical Ethics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Attitude to Death*
Conflict (Psychology)*
Funeral Rites
Infant, Newborn*
Life Change Events
Maternal-Child Nursing / methods
Mothers / psychology*
Nurse's Role
Nursing Methodology Research

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