Exploring the needs and lived experiences of women hospitalised during pregnancy in the United Kingdom: A qualitative diary study

Helen Elliott-Mainwaring , Sarah Church, Sally Pezaro

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Abstract

There is a global call to optimise antenatal care experiences. Hospitalisation during pregnancy may have a significant impact upon the experience of care. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore the needs and lived experiences of those hospitalised during pregnancy.

A thematic analysis rooted in interpretive phenomenology was undertaken on the
content of five written diaries produced by pregnant participants whilst hospitalised. Three themes were identified from the data; (1) ‘Uncertainty’; (2) ‘Loss of control’; (3) ‘Vulnerability’. Study findings could usefully be translated into improvements for those hospitalised during the antenatal period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalThe Practising Midwife
Volume24
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

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Accepted manuscript licensed according to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial No Derivatives Licence.

Keywords

  • Evidence Based Midwifery
  • Pregnancy
  • Antenatal care
  • Prenatal care
  • Diaries
  • Qualitative research
  • Autonomy
  • Sleep
  • Emotional support
  • Hospitalisation

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