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Becoming a mother: Mothers' experience of Kangaroo Mother Care
Univ Hosp, Neonatal Intens Care Unit, Uppsala, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Research group (Dept. of women´s and children´s health), Paediatric Inflammation Research.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Research group (Dept. of women´s and children´s health), Obstetrics and Reproductive Health Research. Lund Univ, Dept Hlth Sci, Lund, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Research group (Dept. of women´s and children´s health), Perinatal, Neonatal and Pediatric Cardiology Research. Univ Hosp, Neonatal Intens Care Unit, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5955-1278
2018 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 16, p. 181-185Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD , 2018. Vol. 16, p. 181-185
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Pediatrics Nursing Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-363075DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2018.04.005ISI: 000440877700028PubMedID: 29804764OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-363075DiVA, id: diva2:1255476
Available from: 2018-10-12 Created: 2018-10-12 Last updated: 2019-06-28Bibliographically approved

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