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Mothering an extremely low birth-weight infant: a phenomenological study.
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PMID:  20386374     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Mothers of preterm infants are reported to experience heightened levels of psychological stress, greater than mothers of full-term infants during the neonatal period. The purpose of this study is to describe the lived experience of what it is like to be a mother of an extremely low birth-weight infant during their stay with their infants in the NICU. Interpretive phenomenology articulated by Benner and Diekelmann is the method of qualitative research employed. Thematic analysis is the method of narrative analysis that is used to capture and describe the lived experience with emerging themes, patterns, and meanings. Participants were chosen by purposive sampling. Sample size was 9 participants. Repeated interviews of the participants were done to obtain "redundancy, clarity, and confidence" in the interpreted text. Understanding the themes offers guidance for future research and future programs to aid in the development of meaningful healthy mother-infant relationships and helpful relationships of and with NICU structure and staff.
Laura K Schenk; Jane H Kelley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1536-0911     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Neonatal Care     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-13     Completed Date:  2010-07-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101125644     Medline TA:  Adv Neonatal Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  88-97     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Attitude to Health*
Infant, Extremely Low Birth Weight* / physiology,  psychology
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care, Neonatal / methods,  psychology
Interpersonal Relations
Life Change Events
Maternal Behavior
Models, Psychological
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers / education,  psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Neonatal Nursing
Nursing Methodology Research
Professional-Family Relations
Qualitative Research
Social Support
Stress, Psychological / etiology,  prevention & control,  psychology

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