Mothers’ experience of having a preterm infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a Phenomenological Study
Journal of Critical Care Nursing : August 31, 2006,
5 (4); e7067
October 30, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
August 27, 2016
April 23, 2012
M , Valizadeh
S , Babapour
J . Mothers’ experience of having a preterm infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a Phenomenological Study,
Crit Care Nurs J.
Aims: Understanding the experiences of mothers could be as a strategy for the
physicians, nurses who are working in NICU and administrators in the care
centers in order to provide supports for parents, particularly mothers and an
effective step to improve the quality of nursing care of premature infants and
Methods: In this study, one of the qualitative research methods as descriptive
phenomenology was used with Colaizzi approach. Data were collected through
semi-structured interviews with 20 mothers with experience of a preterm infant
in intensive care unit of treatment- educational centers of children and
Alzahra(s) of Tabriz to share these experiences in 2010.
Results: Among all the results of this study 4 themes were emerged which
indicated structure of mothers’ experiences of hospitalization of a preterm
infant in NICU. Themes and subthemes of this study were as: Sense of
Alienation, Lack of control, Caring and Depravation.
Conclusion: According to the findings mothers were encountered with some
positive and negative experiences. In this regard nurse’s practice was so
effective to mothers’ ability and their partnership in taking care of the infant in
order to form positive experiences and reduce the negative ones. Thus
promoting some methods to support mothers’ feelings and to share caring of
their babies seems to be necessary.
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