Women's experience of maternal morbidity: A qualitative analysis

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dc.contributor.author Meaney, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Lutomski, Jennifer E.
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, L.
dc.contributor.author O'Donoghue, Keelin
dc.contributor.author Greene, Richard A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-21T11:01:24Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-21T11:01:24Z
dc.date.issued 2016-07-25
dc.identifier.citation Meaney, Sarah., Lutomski, J. E., O’ Connor, L., O’ Donoghue, K. and Greene, R. A. (2016) 'Women’s experience of maternal morbidity: a qualitative analysis', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16, 184 (6pp) doi: 10.1186/s12884-016-0974-0 en
dc.identifier.volume 16
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 6
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2393
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/4122
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s12884-016-0974-0
dc.description.abstract Background: Maternal morbidity refers to pregnancy-related complications, ranging in severity from acute to chronic. In Ireland one in 210 maternities will experience a severe morbidity. Yet, how women internalize their experience of morbidity has gone largely unexplored. This study aimed to explore women’s experiences of maternal morbidity. Methods: A qualitative semi-structured interview format was utilized. Purposive sampling was used to recruit 14 women with a maternal morbidity before, during or after birth; nine women were diagnosed with one morbidity including hypertensive disorders, haemorrhage, placenta praevia and gestational diabetes whereas five women were diagnosed with two or more morbidities. Thematic analysis was employed as the analytic strategy. Results: Four superordinate themes were identified: powerlessness, morbidity management, morbidity treatment and socio-behavioural responses to morbidities. Women were accepting of the uncontrollable nature of the adverse outcome experienced. While being treated for trauma, women were satisfied to relinquish their autonomy to ensure the safety of themselves and their babies. However, these events were debilitating. Women’s inability to control their own bodies, as a result of the morbidity, contributed to high levels of frustration and anxiety. Morbidities impacted greatly on women’s quality of life and sometimes these effects persisted for a prolonged period after delivery. Women felt that they were provided very little information on the practicalities of living with their condition; many were uncertain how to manage their morbidities in the home setting. Conclusion: Healthcare providers should ensure that women who experience a maternal morbidity are fully debriefed and have sufficient information on the morbidity including ongoing care and expectations prior to discharge. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher BioMed Central en
dc.relation.uri https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-016-0974-0
dc.rights © 2016, the Author(s). Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Pregnancy en
dc.subject Maternal morbidity en
dc.subject Care en
dc.subject Qualitative en
dc.title Women's experience of maternal morbidity: A qualitative analysis en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Sarah Meaney, National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland +353-21-490-3000 Email: S.Meaney@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress s.meaney@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 184


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© 2016, the Author(s). Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated. Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as © 2016, the Author(s). Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
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