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Women's premonitions prior to the death of their baby in utero and how they deal with the feeling that their baby may be unwell
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing. School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna/Västerås.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6910-7047
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4875-1407
2012 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 91, no 1, 28-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. To identify whether mothers of stillborn babies had had a premonition that their unborn child might not be well and how they dealt with that premonition.

Design. A mixed method approach.

Setting. One thousand and thirty-four women answered a web questionnaire. Sample. Six hundred and fourteen women fulfilled the inclusion criteria of having a stillbirth after the 22nd gestational week and answered questions about premonition. Methods. Qualitative content analysis was used for the open questions and descriptive statistics for questions with fixed alternatives.

Main Outcome Measure. The premonition of an unwell unborn baby. Results. In all, 392 of 614 (64%) of the women had had a premonition that their unborn baby might be unwell; 274 of 614 (70%) contacted their clinic and were invited to come in for a check-up, but by then it was too late because the baby was already dead. A further 88 of 614 (22%) decided to wait until their next routine check-up, believing that the symptoms were part of the normal cycle of pregnancy, and that the fetus would move less towards the end of pregnancy. Thirty women (8%) contacted their clinic, but were told that everything appeared normal without an examination of the baby.

Conclusions. Women need to know that a decrease in fetal movements is an important indicator of their unborn baby's health. Healthcare professionals should not delay an examination if a mother-to-be is worried about her unborn baby's wellbeing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology , 2012. Vol. 91, no 1, 28-33 p.
Keyword [en]
Antenatal care; antenatal diagnosis; labor; delivery; midwifery; women's health
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Research subject
Hälsa och välfärd, Att föda ett dött barn – en undersökning om kvinnors erfarenheter
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-6422DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0412.2011.01209.xISI: 000297922200006OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:6422DiVA: diva2:520592
Available from: 2012-03-08 Created: 2012-03-08 Last updated: 2016-03-21Bibliographically approved

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