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Reorganizing Life: A Qualitative Study of Fathers' Lived Experience in the 3 Years Subsequent to the Very Preterm Birth of Their Child
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Nursing: Nursing Care of Children and Families, ISSN 0882-5963, E-ISSN 1532-8449, Vol. 29, no 2, 124-131 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This is the second part of a study that is following eight Swedish fathers of very preterm children using qualitative interviews. The aim was to illuminate fathers' lived experience of the 3 years since the birth of their very preterm child using a hermeneutic phenomenological method. The fathers described their lived experience as a process of reorganizing life, which constituted the overarching theme. They described a journey from the past to the present in which they adapted ordinary family life. The sub-themes identified were struggling to endure, experiencing empowerment, and building a secure base. The results may serve as a basis for neonatal staff to optimize care for both fathers and mothers during the child's hospitalization, as well as subsequent to their discharge.

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2014. Vol. 29, no 2, 124-131 p.
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Father, Preterm infant, Experiences, Longitudinal study, Qualitative interviews
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-222750DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2013.10.008ISI: 000332390300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-222750DiVA: diva2:712208
Available from: 2014-04-14 Created: 2014-04-14 Last updated: 2014-04-14Bibliographically approved

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