Kangaroo mother care helps fathers of preterm infants gain confidence in the paternal role

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Abstract

Aim. This article is a report on a descriptive study of fathers' experiences of providing their preterm infants with Kangaroo Mother Care. Background. During neonatal intensive care, fathers describe the incubator as a barrier and the separation from their infant as stressful. Fathers consider it important to be close to the infant, and performing Kangaroo Mother Care makes them feel an important participant in their infants' care. Method. Individual interviews conducted in 2009 with seven fathers who performed Kangaroo Mother Care were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results. The fathers' opportunity for being close to their infants facilitated attainment of their paternal role in the neonatal intensive care unit. Kangaroo Mother Care allowed them to feel in control and that they were doing something good for their infant, although the infant's care could be demanding and stressful. As active agents in their infant's care, some fathers stayed with the infant during the whole hospital stay, others were at the neonatal intensive care unit all day long. Despite the un-wished-for situation, they adapted to their predicament and spent as much time as possible with their infants. Conclusion. Fathers' opportunities for Kangaroo Mother Care helped them to attain their paternal role and to cope with the unexpected situation. The physical environment and conflicting staff statements influenced their opportunity for, and experience of, caring for their preterm infants.

Detaljer

Författare
  • Ylva Thernström Blomqvist
  • Christine Rubertsson
  • Elisabeth Kylberg
  • Karin Jöreskog
  • Kerstin Hedberg Nyqvist
Externa organisationer
  • Uppsala universitet, Historiska institutionen
  • University of Skövde
Forskningsområden

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)1988-1996
Antal sidor9
TidskriftJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volym68
Utgivningsnummer9
StatusPublished - 2012 sep
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa