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Mothers' experiences of skin-to-skin care of healthy full-term newborns - A phenomenology study.
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PMID:  21742289     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: Previous reports have shown that skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth is the optimal form of care for a full-term, healthy infant and its mother. As this is rarely researched the aim of this study was to explore experiences of skin-to-skin care in healthy mothers of healthy, full-term infants in the first days after birth.
STUDY DESIGN: Using a lifeworld phenomenological approach, 20 women who had childbirth in hospital and were practising skin-to-skin care were interviewed 1-2weeks after birth. Analysis of all interview texts was directed towards discovering qualitative meanings through a process of identifying meaning units. These were then clustered and analysed with the aim of describing themes of meaning and the essence of the phenomenon.
FINDINGS: The mothers wanted to give their newborn child the best possible care and the skin-to-skin care started a positive spiral. A mutual interaction developed which acted as a generator releasing energy to the mother who wanted to continue the practice which in terms increased mother-infant affinity. Happiness, peace and satisfaction were expressed by the newborns; also a child who was crying or troublesome exhibited a positive response to skin-to-skin care.
CONCLUSION: The study provides insight and knowledge which should guide attitudes and promote practices of this simple healthcare intervention; skin-to-skin contact care to healthy infants born at term. Healthcare professionals should support affinity between a mother and her newborn through facilitation and the provision of information about its benefits.
Rebecka Dalbye; Elisabet Calais; Marie Berg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-04-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1877-5764     ISO Abbreviation:  Sex Reprod Healthc     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101530546     Medline TA:  Sex Reprod Healthc     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  107-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oestfold Hospital Trust, Fredrikstad, Norway; The Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
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