Mothers' strategies to meet their needs in the newborn intensive care nursery

Authors
Citation
I. Hurst, Mothers' strategies to meet their needs in the newborn intensive care nursery, J PERINAT N, 15(2), 2001, pp. 65-82
Citations number
39
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science
Journal title
JOURNAL OF PERINATAL & NEONATAL NURSING
ISSN journal
0893-2190 → ACNP
Volume
15
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
65 - 82
Database
ISI
SICI code
0893-2190(200109)15:2<65:MSTMTN>2.0.ZU;2-L
Abstract
In this prospective, critical ethnographic study using a total of 448 hours of participant observations incorporating in-depth interviews, the author explored with 12 mothers of premature babies their descriptions and interpr etations of their own needs in a tertiary-level newborn nursery (NICU) and their actions to address these needs. In the NICU the mothers demonstrated a repertoire of actions to vigilantly "watch over" their premature babies, which they extended to address their own needs as well. The mothers employe d these actions in such a way as to minimize the potential for diverting re sources from their babies and to minimize conflict with caregivers.