Investigation of the Experiences of Mothers Living Through Prenatal Loss Incidents: A Qualitative Study


Aydin R. , KÖRÜKCÜ Ö., KABUKCUOĞLU K.

JOURNAL OF NURSING RESEARCH, vol.27, no.3, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/jnr.0000000000000289
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF NURSING RESEARCH

Abstract

Background: Fetal death causes women to experience negative feelings after the loss. These lived experiences influence the future pregnancies and maternal health of women negatively. Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the experiences of women whose pregnancies were terminated because of medical indications. Methods: A "design for definitive status study" type of qualitative research design was used. Ten women who were hospitalized between April and July 2017 at the Akdeniz University Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynecology and had subsequently experienced pregnancy loss during their hospitalization were enrolled as participants. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. Results: The pregnancy loss experiences of participants were investigated under the five main themes of (a) lived experiences before the termination of pregnancy, (b) lived experiences after pregnancy termination, (c) willingness to see the baby after termination, (d) posttermination care requirements, and (e) physical condition of hospital rooms during hospitalization. The participants expressed feelings of hope, fear, and worry over being unsuccessful before fetal death and feelings of loneliness, disappointment, blame, and avoidance after fetal death.