Chaos, complexity, and truth: A chronically ill mother's story of caring for her premature infant

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160488
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Presentation
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Chaos, complexity, and truth: A chronically ill mother's story of caring for her premature infant
Abstract:
Chaos, complexity, and truth: A chronically ill mother's story of caring for her premature infant
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2004
Author:Broeder, Jennifer , PhD, RN
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:Nursing Department, 470 East Lockwood, St, St. Louis, MO, 63119, USA
Newborn infants introduce chaos and complexity into their mothers' lives. The turbulence created by a newborn is magnified when a baby is born prematurely. While facing this unexpected event, a mother and her desires, hopes, and needs may become secondary because the focus of premature birth quickly turns from the mother's pregnancy to her baby's health and viability. The purpose of this paper is to present one in-depth case study that reveals the challenges, concerns, and possibilities faced by a mother of a pre-term infant who experienced not only the premature birth of her son but also was enduring a severe, chronic illness. This case study is part of a larger qualitative study of eight mothers. Interpretive phenomenology framed the study and supposes that meanings of situations are embedded in skills, practices, and language. The mothers were interviewed every two weeks while their infants were hospitalized and monthly after infant discharge for four months. Each mother participated in eight semi-structured, in-depth interviews. Over the course of the interviews, mothers responded to questions regarding stress and coping, getting to know baby, and history and meanings of pregnancy, mothering, and work. Paradigm, thematic, and exemplar interpretive strategies were used to analyze this narrative data. This paper will share two critical aspects of one mother's case. First, her story illuminates how mothering transformed this mother's identity and perspective about what mattered in her life as she faced the simultaneous demands of caring for herself and her premature infant. Second, this story dramatically revealed how being constituted by and having to cope with chronic illness influenced how she mothered her infant. This mother's story may illuminate the complex worlds of women faced with mothering a premature infant while experiencing chronic illness, and influence how nurses can support and affirm motherhood within these conditions.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleChaos, complexity, and truth: A chronically ill mother's story of caring for her premature infanten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160488-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Chaos, complexity, and truth: A chronically ill mother's story of caring for her premature infant </td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Broeder, Jennifer , PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Nursing Department, 470 East Lockwood, St, St. Louis, MO, 63119, USA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Newborn infants introduce chaos and complexity into their mothers' lives. The turbulence created by a newborn is magnified when a baby is born prematurely. While facing this unexpected event, a mother and her desires, hopes, and needs may become secondary because the focus of premature birth quickly turns from the mother's pregnancy to her baby's health and viability. The purpose of this paper is to present one in-depth case study that reveals the challenges, concerns, and possibilities faced by a mother of a pre-term infant who experienced not only the premature birth of her son but also was enduring a severe, chronic illness. This case study is part of a larger qualitative study of eight mothers. Interpretive phenomenology framed the study and supposes that meanings of situations are embedded in skills, practices, and language. The mothers were interviewed every two weeks while their infants were hospitalized and monthly after infant discharge for four months. Each mother participated in eight semi-structured, in-depth interviews. Over the course of the interviews, mothers responded to questions regarding stress and coping, getting to know baby, and history and meanings of pregnancy, mothering, and work. Paradigm, thematic, and exemplar interpretive strategies were used to analyze this narrative data. This paper will share two critical aspects of one mother's case. First, her story illuminates how mothering transformed this mother's identity and perspective about what mattered in her life as she faced the simultaneous demands of caring for herself and her premature infant. Second, this story dramatically revealed how being constituted by and having to cope with chronic illness influenced how she mothered her infant. This mother's story may illuminate the complex worlds of women faced with mothering a premature infant while experiencing chronic illness, and influence how nurses can support and affirm motherhood within these conditions. </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:59:26Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:59:26Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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