Powerless responsibility: A feminist study of women's experiences of caring for their late preterm babies

Authors: Cescutti-Butler, L., Hewitt-Taylor, J. and Hemingway, A.

Journal: Women and Birth

Volume: 33

Issue: 4

Pages: e400-e408

eISSN: 1878-1799

ISSN: 1871-5192

DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2019.08.006

Abstract:

Problem: There is minimal research exploring women's experiences of caring for a late preterm baby. The emphasis in the literature is mostly baby centric. Background: The number of babies born late preterm is rising and women's views are largely unknown. Aim: What are the experiences of women who are caring for a late preterm baby? Methods: A feminist lens was the key philosophical underpinning. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 14 women. Findings: Women who become mothers’ of late preterm babies have a complex journey. It begins with separation, with babies being cared for in unfamiliar and highly technical environments where the perceived experts are healthcare professionals. Women's needs are side-lined, and they are required to care for their babies within parameters determined by others. Institutional and professional barriers to mothering/caring are numerous. Discussion: Some of the women who were separated from their babies immediately after birth had difficulties conceiving themselves as mothers, and others faced restrictions when trying to access their babies. Women described care that was centred on their babies. They were allowed and expected to care for their babies, but only with ‘powerless responsibility’. Many women appeared to be excluded from decisions and were not always provided with full information about their babies. Conclusion: Women whose babies are born late preterm would benefit from greater consideration in relation to their needs, rather than the focus being almost exclusively on their babies.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/32913/

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Powerless responsibility: A feminist study of women's experiences of caring for their late preterm babies.

Authors: Cescutti-Butler, L., Hewitt-Taylor, J. and Hemingway, A.

Journal: Women Birth

Volume: 33

Issue: 4

Pages: e400-e408

eISSN: 1878-1799

DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2019.08.006

Abstract:

PROBLEM: There is minimal research exploring women's experiences of caring for a late preterm baby. The emphasis in the literature is mostly baby centric. BACKGROUND: The number of babies born late preterm is rising and women's views are largely unknown. AIM: What are the experiences of women who are caring for a late preterm baby? METHODS: A feminist lens was the key philosophical underpinning. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 14 women. FINDINGS: Women who become mothers' of late preterm babies have a complex journey. It begins with separation, with babies being cared for in unfamiliar and highly technical environments where the perceived experts are healthcare professionals. Women's needs are side-lined, and they are required to care for their babies within parameters determined by others. Institutional and professional barriers to mothering/caring are numerous. DISCUSSION: Some of the women who were separated from their babies immediately after birth had difficulties conceiving themselves as mothers, and others faced restrictions when trying to access their babies. Women described care that was centred on their babies. They were allowed and expected to care for their babies, but only with 'powerless responsibility'. Many women appeared to be excluded from decisions and were not always provided with full information about their babies. CONCLUSION: Women whose babies are born late preterm would benefit from greater consideration in relation to their needs, rather than the focus being almost exclusively on their babies.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/32913/

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Powerless responsibility: A feminist study of women's experiences of caring for their late preterm babies

Authors: Cescutti-Butler, L., Hewitt-Taylor, J. and Hemingway, A.

Journal: WOMEN AND BIRTH

Volume: 33

Issue: 4

Pages: E400-E408

eISSN: 1878-1799

ISSN: 1871-5192

DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2019.08.006

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/32913/

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Powerless responsibility: A feminist study of women's experiences of caring for their late preterm babies.

Authors: Cescutti-Butler, L., Hewitt-Taylor, J. and Hemingway, A.

Journal: Women and birth : journal of the Australian College of Midwives

Volume: 33

Issue: 4

Pages: e400-e408

eISSN: 1878-1799

ISSN: 1871-5192

DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2019.08.006

Abstract:

Problem

There is minimal research exploring women's experiences of caring for a late preterm baby. The emphasis in the literature is mostly baby centric.

Background

The number of babies born late preterm is rising and women's views are largely unknown.

Aim

What are the experiences of women who are caring for a late preterm baby?

Methods

A feminist lens was the key philosophical underpinning. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 14 women.

Findings

Women who become mothers' of late preterm babies have a complex journey. It begins with separation, with babies being cared for in unfamiliar and highly technical environments where the perceived experts are healthcare professionals. Women's needs are side-lined, and they are required to care for their babies within parameters determined by others. Institutional and professional barriers to mothering/caring are numerous.

Discussion

Some of the women who were separated from their babies immediately after birth had difficulties conceiving themselves as mothers, and others faced restrictions when trying to access their babies. Women described care that was centred on their babies. They were allowed and expected to care for their babies, but only with 'powerless responsibility'. Many women appeared to be excluded from decisions and were not always provided with full information about their babies.

Conclusion

Women whose babies are born late preterm would benefit from greater consideration in relation to their needs, rather than the focus being almost exclusively on their babies.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/32913/

Source: Europe PubMed Central