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Parents' Perspectives of Closeness and Separation With Their Preterm Infants in the NICU.
J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Sep - Oct; 46(5):737-747.JO

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To discover parents' perceptions of closeness to and separation from their preterm infants in the NICU.

DESIGN

Qualitative descriptive.

SETTING

Urban Level III NICU.

PARTICIPANTS

Twenty parents of preterm infants in the NICU.

METHODS

After ethics approval, data were collected with a smartphone application created for this study. Parents recorded their descriptions of moments of closeness and separation over a 24-hour period in the NICU. Data were transcribed verbatim and content was analyzed.

RESULTS

Five themes related to parents' perceptions of closeness and separation were identified: Having a role as a parent: Feeling autonomous and making decisions; Providing for and getting to know the infant: Feeding, holding, and interacting; Support from staff; Reluctantly leaving the infant's bedside; and NICU environment.

CONCLUSION

Autonomy is a key element of a parent's perception of closeness. Staff in the NICU can facilitate autonomy by involving parents in the care of their preterm infants as much as possible to reinforce the parental role. Parents described leaving their infants' bedsides as very difficult.

Authors

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Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28802557

Citation

Treherne, Stephanie C., et al. "Parents' Perspectives of Closeness and Separation With Their Preterm Infants in the NICU." Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing : JOGNN, vol. 46, no. 5, 2017, pp. 737-747.
Treherne SC, Feeley N, Charbonneau L, et al. Parents' Perspectives of Closeness and Separation With Their Preterm Infants in the NICU. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017;46(5):737-747.
Treherne, S. C., Feeley, N., Charbonneau, L., & Axelin, A. (2017). Parents' Perspectives of Closeness and Separation With Their Preterm Infants in the NICU. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing : JOGNN, 46(5), 737-747. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2017.07.005
Treherne SC, et al. Parents' Perspectives of Closeness and Separation With Their Preterm Infants in the NICU. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Sep - Oct;46(5):737-747. PubMed PMID: 28802557.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Parents' Perspectives of Closeness and Separation With Their Preterm Infants in the NICU. AU - Treherne,Stephanie C, AU - Feeley,Nancy, AU - Charbonneau,Lyne, AU - Axelin,Anna, Y1 - 2017/08/09/ PY - 2017/07/01/accepted PY - 2017/8/15/pubmed PY - 2018/5/25/medline PY - 2017/8/14/entrez KW - closeness KW - neonatal intensive care unit KW - parent KW - preterm infant KW - separation SP - 737 EP - 747 JF - Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN JO - J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs VL - 46 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To discover parents' perceptions of closeness to and separation from their preterm infants in the NICU. DESIGN: Qualitative descriptive. SETTING: Urban Level III NICU. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty parents of preterm infants in the NICU. METHODS: After ethics approval, data were collected with a smartphone application created for this study. Parents recorded their descriptions of moments of closeness and separation over a 24-hour period in the NICU. Data were transcribed verbatim and content was analyzed. RESULTS: Five themes related to parents' perceptions of closeness and separation were identified: Having a role as a parent: Feeling autonomous and making decisions; Providing for and getting to know the infant: Feeding, holding, and interacting; Support from staff; Reluctantly leaving the infant's bedside; and NICU environment. CONCLUSION: Autonomy is a key element of a parent's perception of closeness. Staff in the NICU can facilitate autonomy by involving parents in the care of their preterm infants as much as possible to reinforce the parental role. Parents described leaving their infants' bedsides as very difficult. SN - 1552-6909 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28802557/Parents'_Perspectives_of_Closeness_and_Separation_With_Their_Preterm_Infants_in_the_NICU_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0884-2175(17)30350-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -