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dc.contributor.advisor Matlala, S. F. Letsoalo, Matutu Louisa 2019-03-06T09:02:35Z 2019-03-06T09:02:35Z 2018
dc.description Thesis (MPH.) -- University of Limpopo, 2018 en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Pregnant women expect a normal pregnancy, a normal delivery and a healthy baby. Unfortunately, premature birth is a common occurrence; ithas some complications and causes death in developing countries. Mothers feel disappointed for not carrying their pregnancies to term and worry about the survival of their babies. Admission into neonatal intensive care unit increases chances of baby survival but has emotional impact on mothers, thus the need to explore their experiences. Objective: To explore the lived experiences of mothers regarding their first exposure to their premature babies admitted in neonatal intensive care unit. Methods: A qualitative and exploratory study using semi-structured interviews with purposively selected mothers was conducted. Interviews were conducted in English using an interview guide, audio recorded and continued until data saturation was reached, thus 8 mothers participated in the study. Field notes were collected. Voice recordings were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. An independent coder confirmed the findings. Results: Mothers experienced stress and anxiety, and felt neglected by health care workers. They felt the focus was on the baby alone and the mothers’ needs ignored, though others were happy that they were welcomed. Conclusions: Therefore, parents need support when their premature babies are admitted in neonatal an intensive care unit. Continuous update on conditions of their babies is also necessary. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship AMREF Health Africa, and Limpopo Department of Health en_US
dc.format.extent x, 59 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject.lcsh Premature babies. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Neonatal intensive care en_US
dc.subject.mesh Clinical psychology en_US
dc.title Mothers' experiences regarding their first exposure to their premature babies in neonatal intensive care unit at a private hospital in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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