Factors that influence first-time mothers' choice and experience of early discharge.

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Objective: The aim of this study was to describe factors that influenced first-time mothers’ choice of and experiences during the first postnatal week, after early discharge without a domiciliary visit by the midwife.
Design: Interviews were analysed using content analysis.
Settings and participants: The nine participants were recruited from the Maternity Department at a University Hospital in Sweden. The catchment area included both an urban and rural population.
Measurements and findings: One main category and three subcategories emerged from the text. The main category was a feeling of confidence and security and the subcategories were being able to meet the needs of the baby, feeling ‘back to normal’ and receiving support.

Key conclusion: Factors that influenced first-time mothers’ choice and experience of early discharge were their sense of confidence and security, that they had support from their partner and that they could trust the follow-up organization.
Implications for practice: A booked telephone call and a follow-up visit to the midwife can be sufficient as a programme for first-time mothers choosing early discharge.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Nursing


  • primiparae, midwifery, postnatal care, organization, support
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-330
JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Nursing (Closed 2012) (013065000)

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