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Type: Journal article
Title: The emotional experiences and supports for parents with babies in a neonatal nursery
Author: Turner, M.
Winefield, H.
Chur-Hansen, A.
Citation: Advances in Neonatal Care, 2013; 13(6):438-446
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1536-0903
1536-0911
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Melanie Turner, Helen Winefield and Anna Chur-Hansen
Abstract: PURPOSE: The experience of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for parents can be anxiety-provoking, fearful, and distressing. To help parents cope with these overwhelming feelings, a number of interventions, including parent support groups, are typically offered. It is hoped that the provision of these groups and other forms of emotional support lessen the distressing experience for parents and lessen the anxiety of hospital discharge. This study focuses on the emotional reactions during the transition to home from the NICU for parents who participated in one such support group. METHODS: Parents were interviewed 4 to 6 months after discharge of their baby from hospital. RESULTS: Themes from these interviews included anxiety and concern about the baby's readiness for discharge, concerns about the risks of further illness and rehospitalization, and whether the parent felt prepared sufficiently to care for his or her baby at home. Recalling their time in the nursery was distressing for parents, but despite this, they identified that positive staff interactions helped them through the hardest times in the NICU. CONCLUSIONS: The support group was reported to be effective and helpful for parents. Parents often maintained social contact with other parents and recalled advice and supportive information from the group as needed. Participants recommended that the support group continue to assist other parents.
Keywords: neonatal psychiatry; neonatal parent support; parent support; parent support group; support groups
Rights: © 2013 by The National Association of Neonatal Nurses
RMID: 0020135163
DOI: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000030
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