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Mothers experience of the time after the diagnosis of an intrauterine death until the induction of the delivery: a qualitative internet based study
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
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7385-5649
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2011 (English)In: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ISSN 0144-3615, E-ISSN 1364-6893, Vol. 37, no 11, 1677-1684 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: This study aims to describe how mothers spend the period of time between being diagnosed with a dead baby in utero and the induction of the delivery.

Material and Methods: Data were collected using a web questionnaire. Five hundred and fifteen women who had experienced a stillbirth after the 22nd week of gestation answered the open question: ‘What did you do between the diagnosis of the child's death and the beginning of the delivery?’ A qualitative content analysis method was used.

Results: The results show that some mothers received help to adapt to the situation, while for others, waiting for the induction meant further stress and additional psychological trauma in an already strained situation.

Conclusion: There is no reason to wait with the induction unless the parents themselves express a wish to the contrary. Health care professionals, together with the parents, should try to determine the best time for the induction of the birth after the baby's death in utero. That time may vary, depending on the parents' preferences.

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Blackwell , 2011. Vol. 37, no 11, 1677-1684 p.
Keyword [en]
labor management; obstetric complication; obstetrics; pregnancy loss; stillbirth
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Hälsa och välfärd, Att föda ett dött barn – en undersökning om kvinnors erfarenheter
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-6425DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0756.2011.01603.xISI: 000298013300025OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:6425DiVA: diva2:520595
Available from: 2012-03-08 Created: 2012-03-08 Last updated: 2016-03-21Bibliographically approved

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