The impact of stillbirth on bereaved parents: A qualitative study

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dc.contributor.author Nuzum, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Meaney, Sarah
dc.contributor.author O'Donoghue, Keelin
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-20T13:24:14Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-20T13:24:14Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Nuzum, D., Meaney, S. and O’Donoghue, K. (2018) 'The impact of stillbirth on bereaved parents: A qualitative study', PLOS ONE, 13(1), e0191635 (13pp). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191635 en
dc.identifier.volume 13
dc.identifier.issued 1
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 13
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5515
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0191635
dc.description.abstract Purpose: To explore the lived experiences and personal impact of stillbirth on bereaved parents. Methods: Semi-structured in-depth interviews analysed by Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) on a purposive sample of parents of twelve babies born following fetal death at a tertiary university maternity hospital in Ireland with a birth rate of c8,500 per annum and a stillbirth rate of 4.6/1000. Results: Stillbirth had a profound and enduring impact on bereaved parents. Four superordinate themes relating to the human impact of stillbirth emerged from the data: maintaining hope, importance of the personhood of the baby, protective care and relationships (personal and professional). Bereaved parents recalled in vivid detail their experiences of care following diagnosis of stillbirth and their subsequent care. The time between diagnosis of a life-limiting anomaly or stillbirth and delivery is highlighted as important for parents as they find meaning in their loss. Conclusions: The impact of stillbirth on bereaved parents is immense and how parents are cared for is recalled in precise detail as they revisit their experience. Building on existing literature, these data bring to light the depth of personal experience and impact of stillbirth for parents and provides medical professionals with valuable insights to inform their care of bereaved parents and the importance of clear and sensitive communication. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en
dc.relation.uri http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0191635
dc.rights © 2018, Nuzum et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject Stillbirths en
dc.subject Pregnancy en
dc.subject Birth en
dc.subject Qualitative studies en
dc.subject Emotions en
dc.subject Children en
dc.subject Interpersonal relationships en
dc.subject Health services research en
dc.title The impact of stillbirth on bereaved parents: A qualitative study en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Daniel Nuzum, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: Daniel.nuzum@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle PLOS ONE en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress daniel.nuzum@ucc.ie en
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