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Maternal experience with neonatal jaundice.
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PMID:  20032753     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To describe the lived experience of mothers having an infant with neonatal jaundice. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A descriptive phenomenological design with 6 mothers who had infants with neonatal jaundice. Streubert's method of phenomenology guided the collection, organization, and analysis of data to abstract themes. RESULTS: Eight major themes emerged relating to the lived experience: (1) physical and emotional exhaustion, (2) feeling robbed, (3) distressed by infant's physical appearance, (4) loss of control, (5) maternal vigilance, (6) feeling discounted but only for so long, (7) family impact, and (8) supportive environment. Three major themes emerged relating to the mother's educational experience: (1) everyone has a different opinion, and therefore no one really knows for sure; (2) feeling defensive and at fault; and (3) knowing now what I would do differently if I had another baby. Mothers reported receiving infant care advice contrary to guidelines from multiple healthcare providers. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: In this study the physical, emotional, and learning needs of the mothers were rarely met. Nurses are the healthcare professionals who have the most contact with new mothers, and therefore must remain current with the evidence for appropriate care. Much needs to be done to help mothers who have infants with neonatal jaundice. Additional studies about how nurses and other healthcare providers interact with families facing this problem are warranted.
Margaret Brethauer; Lynn Carey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1539-0683     ISO Abbreviation:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Publication Date:    2010 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-24     Completed Date:  2010-03-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7605941     Medline TA:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  8-14; quiz 15-6     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
ProHealth Care Center for Learning and Innovation, Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Infant Care / psychology*
Infant, Newborn
Jaundice, Neonatal / nursing,  psychology*
Maternal Behavior / psychology
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology*
Neonatal Nursing / methods
Self Efficacy
Social Support*
Young Adult

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