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Fathers' perspectives during pregnancy, postperinatal loss.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16466355     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To present information about the father's perspective during the experience of a pregnancy following perinatal loss. DESIGN: Descriptive phenomenology. SETTING: Interviews were done in a venue chosen by fathers (home, clinic). PARTICIPANTS: Ten fathers who had experienced a loss within the prior year and were currently with that partner in a subsequent pregnancy. FOUR THEMES EMERGED: Recognition, preoccupation, stoicism, and support. CONCLUSIONS: Participants describe the need to be recognized by others. The orderly conduct of their daily lives is disrupted by preoccupation with the pregnancy. They feel unable to share their own anxiety and fear because they want to protect the mothers. Societal pressure to "be strong" and the belief that "men don't share" appear to inhibit fathers from getting support. Strategies to assess and support fathers emotionally at the time of loss and in the subsequent pregnancy need to be explored.
Joann O'Leary; Clare Thorwick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2006 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-02-09     Completed Date:  2006-05-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-86     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Attitude to Health*
Fathers / psychology*
Fetal Death*
Gender Identity
Health Services Needs and Demand
Middle Aged
Nurse's Role
Nursing Assessment
Nursing Methodology Research
Paternal Behavior
Pregnancy / psychology*
Self Disclosure
Self-Help Groups
Social Support
Social Values

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