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Becoming a mother - Mothers' experience of Kangaroo Mother Care.
Sex Reprod Healthc. 2018 Jun; 16:181-185.SR

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To describe mothers' experiences of providing their preterm infants with Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC).

STUDY DESIGN

A qualitative descriptive design.

SETTING

Two level III neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Sweden.

PARTICIPANTS

Thirteen mothers of preterm infants.

METHODS

The mothers were interviewed when their infant had reached a corrected age of 4 months ± 2 weeks. The interviews were recorded and transcribed and data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS

The mothers described the skin-to-skin contact with, and closeness to, the preterm infant as something they valued, and involuntary physical separation as something they had to accept and adapt to. Providing the infant with breast milk by expressing and tube feeding was experienced as time-consuming and as impinging on the skin-to-skin contact.

CONCLUSION

Mothers want to stay close to their preterm infant. The NICU environment and staff can facilitate KMC by providing a private space for parents and infants, and enable mothers to breastfeed and express breast milk by giving them support based on science and proven experience.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Uppsala, Sweden.Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; University of Lund, Department of Health Science, Lund, Sweden.University Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Uppsala, Sweden; Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. Electronic address: ylva.thernstrom_blomqvist@kbh.uu.se.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29804764

Citation

Norén, Josefine, et al. "Becoming a Mother - Mothers' Experience of Kangaroo Mother Care." Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare : Official Journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives, vol. 16, 2018, pp. 181-185.
Norén J, Nyqvist KH, Rubertsson C, et al. Becoming a mother - Mothers' experience of Kangaroo Mother Care. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2018;16:181-185.
Norén, J., Nyqvist, K. H., Rubertsson, C., & Blomqvist, Y. T. (2018). Becoming a mother - Mothers' experience of Kangaroo Mother Care. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare : Official Journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives, 16, 181-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2018.04.005
Norén J, et al. Becoming a Mother - Mothers' Experience of Kangaroo Mother Care. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2018;16:181-185. PubMed PMID: 29804764.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Becoming a mother - Mothers' experience of Kangaroo Mother Care. AU - Norén,Josefine, AU - Nyqvist,Kerstin Hedberg, AU - Rubertsson,Christine, AU - Blomqvist,Ylva Thernström, Y1 - 2018/04/16/ PY - 2017/09/14/received PY - 2018/04/06/revised PY - 2018/04/08/accepted PY - 2018/5/29/entrez PY - 2018/5/29/pubmed PY - 2018/10/16/medline SP - 181 EP - 185 JF - Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives JO - Sex Reprod Healthc VL - 16 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To describe mothers' experiences of providing their preterm infants with Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). STUDY DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive design. SETTING: Two level III neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Sweden. PARTICIPANTS: Thirteen mothers of preterm infants. METHODS: The mothers were interviewed when their infant had reached a corrected age of 4 months ± 2 weeks. The interviews were recorded and transcribed and data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. RESULTS: The mothers described the skin-to-skin contact with, and closeness to, the preterm infant as something they valued, and involuntary physical separation as something they had to accept and adapt to. Providing the infant with breast milk by expressing and tube feeding was experienced as time-consuming and as impinging on the skin-to-skin contact. CONCLUSION: Mothers want to stay close to their preterm infant. The NICU environment and staff can facilitate KMC by providing a private space for parents and infants, and enable mothers to breastfeed and express breast milk by giving them support based on science and proven experience. SN - 1877-5764 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29804764/Becoming_a_mother___Mothers'_experience_of_Kangaroo_Mother_Care_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1877-5756(17)30263-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -