2.50
Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154297
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Caring for Lesbian Couples who Miscarry
Abstract:
Caring for Lesbian Couples who Miscarry
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Wojnar, Danuta, PhD, RN, MN, MEd
P.I. Institution Name:Seattle University
Title:Assistant Professor
[Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this descriptive phenomenological analysis was to explore the caring needs of lesbian birth mothers and their partners subsequent to miscarriage. Background/Rationale: Miscarriage, unexpected pregnancy loss prior to the point of fetal viability, occurs in 12 to 32% of all pregnancies. Human responses to miscarriage include grief, anxiety, and depression lasting from months to years. In recent years researchers have made attempts to design caring-healing interventions for heterosexual couples who miscarry. Yet, although in recent years five million lesbians in the United States have become mothers, no previous research has addressed caring needs of this minority population subsequent to miscarriage. This research was conducted to fill the gap in knowledge about this important clinical issue. Sample/Methods/Conceptual framework: Twenty women (10 couples) who self-identified as lesbian, were in a committed relationship, and miscarried as a couple within the past two years, participated in the investigation. Data collection involved individual and couple together interviews with the investigator. All interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using Coliazzi's (1978) method. Findings. Caring needs expressed by the couples were captured by the following themes: 1) Striving to understand the stakes and complexities of becoming parents as a lesbian couple; 2) Knowing the potential differences in the partners' experiences of conception and pregnancy, as well as miscarriage; 3) Acknowledging both partners as grieving parents subsequent to miscarriage; 4) Providing skillful and competent care; 5) Enabling partners to facilitate expression of grief through verbal interaction and rituals; 6) Facilitating the process of 'moving on.' Implications: Lesbian couples' experiences of miscarriage are compounded by the complexities of planning and achieving pregnancy. Practitioners need to be aware of the unique perspectives lesbian partners have on pregnancy and miscarriage and remain sensitive to their unique caring needs.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCaring for Lesbian Couples who Miscarryen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154297-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Caring for Lesbian Couples who Miscarry</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Wojnar, Danuta, PhD, RN, MN, MEd</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Seattle University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">wojnard@seattleu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this descriptive phenomenological analysis was to explore the caring needs of lesbian birth mothers and their partners subsequent to miscarriage. Background/Rationale: Miscarriage, unexpected pregnancy loss prior to the point of fetal viability, occurs in 12 to 32% of all pregnancies. Human responses to miscarriage include grief, anxiety, and depression lasting from months to years. In recent years researchers have made attempts to design caring-healing interventions for heterosexual couples who miscarry. Yet, although in recent years five million lesbians in the United States have become mothers, no previous research has addressed caring needs of this minority population subsequent to miscarriage. This research was conducted to fill the gap in knowledge about this important clinical issue. Sample/Methods/Conceptual framework: Twenty women (10 couples) who self-identified as lesbian, were in a committed relationship, and miscarried as a couple within the past two years, participated in the investigation. Data collection involved individual and couple together interviews with the investigator. All interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using Coliazzi's (1978) method. Findings. Caring needs expressed by the couples were captured by the following themes: 1) Striving to understand the stakes and complexities of becoming parents as a lesbian couple; 2) Knowing the potential differences in the partners' experiences of conception and pregnancy, as well as miscarriage; 3) Acknowledging both partners as grieving parents subsequent to miscarriage; 4) Providing skillful and competent care; 5) Enabling partners to facilitate expression of grief through verbal interaction and rituals; 6) Facilitating the process of 'moving on.' Implications: Lesbian couples' experiences of miscarriage are compounded by the complexities of planning and achieving pregnancy. Practitioners need to be aware of the unique perspectives lesbian partners have on pregnancy and miscarriage and remain sensitive to their unique caring needs.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:53:27Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:53:27Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
All Items in this repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.