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Women's experiences of having had, and recovered from, eclampsia at a tertiary hospital in Tanzania
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH).
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH). Muhimbili Univ Hlth & Allied Sci, Sch Nursing, Dept Community Hlth Nursing, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH). Muhimbili Univ Hlth & Allied Sci, Sch Med, Dept Obstet & Gynaecol, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH).
2017 (English)In: Women and Birth, ISSN 1871-5192, E-ISSN 1878-1799, Vol. 30, no 2, 114-120 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Eclampsia is a major cause of maternal and perinatal mortality that requires advanced care and long hospital stays with uncertain outcomes for mother and baby. Care of eclamptic women is particularly challenging in low-income settings. Standards for medical care for eclampsia are established but the psychosocial needs of women are under-researched. Aim: To explore and describe women's experiences of having had, and recovered from, eclampsia at a tertiary hospital in Tanzania. Methods: Qualitative semi-structured interviews were held with a purposive sample of 10 women recovering from eclampsia. Thematic analysis informed the interpretation of the data. Findings: The women had experienced eclamptic seizure as painful and unreal as they were unable to control their body or actions despite sensing what happened. At hospital they felt being cared for and recovered but concerned because they had not been provided with enough information about the disorder. Being separated from the baby during hospitalisation was troublesome and they worried about infant feeding and health. The women experienced being connected to God and they were grateful for being alive and having recovered. However, they expressed fears over the possible recurrence of eclampsia in future pregnancies and wanted information about prevention strategies. Conclusion: Experiencing eclampsia is painful and gives a sense of bodily disconnectedness. It involves worrisome separation from the newborn, not being adequately informed and concerns over future health. More holistic care would benefit eclamptic women and their newborns.

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2017. Vol. 30, no 2, 114-120 p.
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Eclampsia, Mothers' experiences, Caring, Qualitative interviews, Tanzania
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331900DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2016.09.006ISI: 000405405500014PubMedID: 27751684OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-331900DiVA: diva2:1152317
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Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Available from: 2017-10-24 Created: 2017-10-24 Last updated: 2017-10-24Bibliographically approved

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