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Parents’ concerns about future pregnancy after stillbirth: a qualitative study

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dc.contributor.author Meaney, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Everard, Claire M.
dc.contributor.author Gallagher, Stephen
dc.contributor.author O'Donoghue, Keelin
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-15T08:30:53Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-15T08:30:53Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6073
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Objectives: As stillbirth has a devastating impact, it is imperative to understand the importance of clinical and emotional care after stillbirth and how it influences subsequent pregnancies. The aim of the study was to gain insight into the consideration and planning of a subsequent pregnancy by parents in the weeks following stillbirth. Design: A qualitative semi-structured interview format was utilized. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was employed as the analytic strategy. Participants and setting: The recruitment strategy focused on couples whereby the parents of ten stillborn babies were contacted; however, five men declined to participate in the study. The final sample of 15 parents were all Irish: ten of whom were female and five of whom were male. Results: Findings revealed two superordinate themes relating to a subsequent pregnancy after stillbirth: aspirations for future pregnancy and expectations of future care. Parents disclosed how the prospect of a subsequent pregnancy was daunting with fears about the potential loss of another child. Despite these fears, parents’ aspirations differed in the days following stillbirth; mothers wished to plan a future pregnancy while fathers were reluctant to consider any pregnancies. Parents were unsure of what to expect in terms of the level of care that would be provided to them in a subsequent pregnancy. Additional appointments at the maternity hospital were considered crucial to provide reassurance during a subsequent pregnancy. Conclusions: These findings underscore the far-reaching and contrasting effects of stillbirth on parents. These complex needs highlight the importance of the multidisciplinary team approach. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Health Expectations;20, pp. 555–562
dc.subject fathers en_US
dc.subject mothers en_US
dc.subject qualitative en_US
dc.subject stillbirth en_US
dc.subject subsequent pregnancy en_US
dc.title Parents’ concerns about future pregnancy after stillbirth: a qualitative study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/hex.12480
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2718773


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