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Kangaroo Mother Care helps fathers of preterm infants gain confidence in the paternal role.
J Adv Nurs. 2012 Sep; 68(9):1988-96.JA

Abstract

AIM

This article is a report on a descriptive study of fathers’ experiences of providing their preterm infants with Kangaroo Mother Care.

BACKGROUND

During neonatal intensive care, fathers describe the incubator as a barrier and the separation from their infant as stressful. Fathers consider it important to be close to the infant, and performing Kangaroo Mother Care makes them feel an important participant in their infants' care.

METHOD

Individual interviews conducted in 2009 with seven fathers who performed Kangaroo Mother Care were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS

The fathers' opportunity for being close to their infants facilitated attainment of their paternal role in the neonatal intensive care unit. Kangaroo Mother Care allowed them to feel in control and that they were doing something good for their infant, although the infant's care could be demanding and stressful. As active agents in their infant's care, some fathers stayed with the infant during the whole hospital stay, others were at the neonatal intensive care unit all day long. Despite the un-wished-for situation, they adapted to their predicament and spent as much time as possible with their infants.

CONCLUSION

Fathers' opportunities for Kangaroo Mother Care helped them to attain their paternal role and to cope with the unexpected situation. The physical environment and conflicting staff statements influenced their opportunity for, and experience of, caring for their preterm infants.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Sweden. ylva.thernstrom.blomqvist@akademiska.seNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22111919

Citation

Blomqvist, Ylva Thernström, et al. "Kangaroo Mother Care Helps Fathers of Preterm Infants Gain Confidence in the Paternal Role." Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 68, no. 9, 2012, pp. 1988-96.
Blomqvist YT, Rubertsson C, Kylberg E, et al. Kangaroo Mother Care helps fathers of preterm infants gain confidence in the paternal role. J Adv Nurs. 2012;68(9):1988-96.
Blomqvist, Y. T., Rubertsson, C., Kylberg, E., Jöreskog, K., & Nyqvist, K. H. (2012). Kangaroo Mother Care helps fathers of preterm infants gain confidence in the paternal role. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(9), 1988-96. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05886.x
Blomqvist YT, et al. Kangaroo Mother Care Helps Fathers of Preterm Infants Gain Confidence in the Paternal Role. J Adv Nurs. 2012;68(9):1988-96. PubMed PMID: 22111919.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Kangaroo Mother Care helps fathers of preterm infants gain confidence in the paternal role. AU - Blomqvist,Ylva Thernström, AU - Rubertsson,Christine, AU - Kylberg,Elisabeth, AU - Jöreskog,Karin, AU - Nyqvist,Kerstin Hedberg, Y1 - 2011/11/23/ PY - 2011/11/25/entrez PY - 2011/11/25/pubmed PY - 2013/5/18/medline SP - 1988 EP - 96 JF - Journal of advanced nursing JO - J Adv Nurs VL - 68 IS - 9 N2 - AIM: This article is a report on a descriptive study of fathers’ experiences of providing their preterm infants with Kangaroo Mother Care. BACKGROUND: During neonatal intensive care, fathers describe the incubator as a barrier and the separation from their infant as stressful. Fathers consider it important to be close to the infant, and performing Kangaroo Mother Care makes them feel an important participant in their infants' care. METHOD: Individual interviews conducted in 2009 with seven fathers who performed Kangaroo Mother Care were analysed using qualitative content analysis. RESULTS: The fathers' opportunity for being close to their infants facilitated attainment of their paternal role in the neonatal intensive care unit. Kangaroo Mother Care allowed them to feel in control and that they were doing something good for their infant, although the infant's care could be demanding and stressful. As active agents in their infant's care, some fathers stayed with the infant during the whole hospital stay, others were at the neonatal intensive care unit all day long. Despite the un-wished-for situation, they adapted to their predicament and spent as much time as possible with their infants. CONCLUSION: Fathers' opportunities for Kangaroo Mother Care helped them to attain their paternal role and to cope with the unexpected situation. The physical environment and conflicting staff statements influenced their opportunity for, and experience of, caring for their preterm infants. SN - 1365-2648 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22111919/Kangaroo_Mother_Care_helps_fathers_of_preterm_infants_gain_confidence_in_the_paternal_role_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05886.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -