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Women's experiences of important others in a pregnancy dominated by intimate partner violence.
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PMID:  22998026     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Scand J Caring Sci; 2012 Women's experiences of important others in a pregnancy dominated by intimate partner violence Background:  Being exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy is a difficult and complex situation. Despite this, there are few studies describing women's own needs for help and support. Aim:  The aim of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of women's experiences of important others in relation to changing their life situation in a pregnancy dominated by IPV. Methods:  The study has a qualitative phenomenological design. The data were collected through in-depth interviews with seven Norwegian women, who were exposed to IPV during pregnancy. Findings:  Being pregnant and exposed to violence in relation to important others means confronting present life, life history and future life. The essence implies striving for control in an uncontrolled situation, where other people might be experienced as both a rescuer and a risk. This is further described in four constitutions: the child needs protection; my mother is always present for me; an exhausted run for help; and a reduced, but important social network. Conclusions and implications for practice:  For women exposed to violence, pregnancy can offer an opportunity for change. Midwives play a unique role in relation to care and continuity in this phase of life, as they can support pregnant women, help to identify their needs, possibilities for action and advise them about appropriate services. Midwives can encourage and support women to find people whom they can trust and who can offer assistance. It is vital that midwives ask about the women's relationship to the baby and their social networks, especially the relationship with their mothers. Ethical considerations:  During the whole study process, guidelines for research on violence against women were followed, to respect the integrity, security and confidentiality of the participants. The study is ethically approved.
Kristin Engnes; Eva Lidén; Ingela Lundgren
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of caring sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1471-6712     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Caring Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-9-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804206     Medline TA:  Scand J Caring Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences © 2012 Nordic College of Caring Science.
Centre for Women's, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Vestfold, Norway Institute of Health and Care Sciences, at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
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