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Life course theory as a framework to examine becoming a mother of a medically fragile preterm infant.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18726937     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Life course theory, a sociological framework, was used to analyze the phenomenon of becoming a mother, with longitudinal narrative data from 34 women who gave birth prematurely after a high-risk pregnancy, and whose infant became medically fragile. Women faced challenges of mistimed birth and mothering a technologically dependent infant. Before social ties were established, legal and biological ties required mothers to make critical decisions about their infants. Liminality characterized mothers' early involvement with their infants. The mothers worked to know, love, and establish deeper attachments to this baby. The infant's homecoming was a key turning point; it decreased liminality of early mothering, increased mothers' control of infants' care, and gave them time and place to know their infants more intimately.
Beth Perry Black; Diane Holditch-Davis; Margaret S Miles
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in nursing & health     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1098-240X     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Nurs Health     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-13     Completed Date:  2009-02-10     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806136     Medline TA:  Res Nurs Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  38-49     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Copyright Information:
2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, North Carolina 27599, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Biomedical Technology
Chronic Disease / psychology*
Decision Making
Human Development
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Internal-External Control
Longitudinal Studies
Models, Psychological
Mother-Child Relations*
Object Attachment
Parenting / psychology*
Pregnancy, High-Risk / psychology
Social Support
United States
Grant Support
NIH R01 02868//PHS HHS; R01 HD028684-07/HD/NICHD NIH HHS

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