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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335308
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Early Postpartum Experience of Previously Infertile Mothers
Other Titles:
Health Promotion in the Postpartum Arena
Author(s):
Ladores, Sigrid Lynn; Aroian, Karen
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Theta Epsilon
Author Details:
Sigrid Lynn Ladores, PhD, ARNP, MSN, Sigrid.Ladores@ucf.edu; Karen Aroian, RN, PhD
Abstract:
Session presented on Saturday, July 26, 2014: Purpose: The clinical literature suggests that the physical, emotional, and financial investment associated with fertility treatment makes it difficult for previously infertile women to transition into new motherhood. Yet no studies have been conducted that explore the lived experience of becoming a new mother from the unique perspectives of previously infertile women. This descriptive phenomenological study fills this gap. Methods: Twelve first-time, previously infertile mothers aged 27 to 43 years, were interviewed twice. The first interview focused on eliciting descriptions of motherhood in the early postpartum period after overcoming infertility. The second interview validated the interpretations from the first interview and provided additional information and reflection. The data were analyzed using Colaizzi's approach. Results: Two main themes emerged that described the early postpartum experience of first-time, previously infertile mothers: 1) Lingering Identity as Infertile; and 2) Gratitude for the Gift of Motherhood. Participants reported that their lingering identity as infertile and immense gratitude for the gift of motherhood propelled them to establish unrealistic expectations to be the perfect mother. When they were unable to live up to being the perfect mother, they censored their feelings of inadequacy, guilt and shame. Conclusion: Findings from this study sensitize healthcare providers to the difficulties faced by previously infertile women during their transition to motherhood.
Keywords:
qualitative research; previously infertile mothers; transition to motherhood
Repository Posting Date:
17-Nov-2014
Date of Publication:
17-Nov-2014 ; 17-Nov-2014
Other Identifiers:
INRC14G05
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
25th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Hong Kong
Description:
International Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleThe Early Postpartum Experience of Previously Infertile Mothersen
dc.title.alternativeHealth Promotion in the Postpartum Arenaen
dc.contributor.authorLadores, Sigrid Lynnen
dc.contributor.authorAroian, Karenen
dc.contributor.departmentTheta Epsilonen
dc.author.detailsSigrid Lynn Ladores, PhD, ARNP, MSN, Sigrid.Ladores@ucf.edu; Karen Aroian, RN, PhDen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/335308-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Saturday, July 26, 2014: Purpose: The clinical literature suggests that the physical, emotional, and financial investment associated with fertility treatment makes it difficult for previously infertile women to transition into new motherhood. Yet no studies have been conducted that explore the lived experience of becoming a new mother from the unique perspectives of previously infertile women. This descriptive phenomenological study fills this gap. Methods: Twelve first-time, previously infertile mothers aged 27 to 43 years, were interviewed twice. The first interview focused on eliciting descriptions of motherhood in the early postpartum period after overcoming infertility. The second interview validated the interpretations from the first interview and provided additional information and reflection. The data were analyzed using Colaizzi's approach. Results: Two main themes emerged that described the early postpartum experience of first-time, previously infertile mothers: 1) Lingering Identity as Infertile; and 2) Gratitude for the Gift of Motherhood. Participants reported that their lingering identity as infertile and immense gratitude for the gift of motherhood propelled them to establish unrealistic expectations to be the perfect mother. When they were unable to live up to being the perfect mother, they censored their feelings of inadequacy, guilt and shame. Conclusion: Findings from this study sensitize healthcare providers to the difficulties faced by previously infertile women during their transition to motherhood.en
dc.subjectqualitative researchen
dc.subjectpreviously infertile mothersen
dc.subjecttransition to motherhooden
dc.date.available2014-11-17T13:49:21Z-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17en
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-17T13:49:21Z-
dc.conference.date2014en
dc.conference.name25th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationHong Kongen
dc.descriptionInternational Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kongen
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