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From powerlessness to empowerment: Mothers expect more than information from the prenatal consultation for preterm labour.
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PMID:  23204904     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend supportive care for all newborns >26 weeks' gestational age and recognize the importance of prenatal consultation by a neonatalogist for mothers at risk of premature delivery. These recommendations are drawn from medical expert opinions and emphasize informing parents about prematurity. The literature regarding parents' perspectives of prenatal consultation is lacking.
OBJECTIVE: To explore mothers' concerns about preterm labour and their expectations from the prenatal consultation with a neonatologist.
METHODS: Interviews of women hospitalized for preterm labour (26 to 32 weeks' gestation) were conducted before they met with the neonatologist. The analysis was informed by grounded theory.
RESULTS: The women's stressful experience was their main focus; they expressed a strong sense of loss of control and powerlessness. The consultation was perceived as an added source of stress, but they all hoped that it would reassure them. They wanted information about prematurity and the roles they would play for their baby. They expected the neonatologist to be supportive, open and trustworthy.
CONCLUSION: Prenatal consultation is perceived as a source of both stress and reassurance. Women believe the latter can be achieved through a supportive consultation with the neonatologist, during which tools providing them with a sense of empowerment are presented.
Nathalie Gaucher; Antoine Payot
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Paediatrics & child health     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1918-1485     ISO Abbreviation:  Paediatr Child Health     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-03     Completed Date:  2012-12-04     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815960     Medline TA:  Paediatr Child Health     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  638-42     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Montreal, Sainte-Justine Hospital, Montreal, Quebec.
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