Women's experiences of hospitalisation with hypertension during pregnancy: feeling a fraud

Julie H. Barlow, J. Hainsworth, S. Thornton

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    Abstract

    Objective: To document women's experiences of admission to hospital with a pregnancy‐related complication, hypertension, from their own perspective.

    Methods: Qualitative descriptive study. The views of 12 women admitted to hospital with hypertension were obtained through semi‐structured interviews. Issues explored included understanding of the condition, information needs, expectations and beliefs.

    Results: Women were searching for an explanation to help make sense of their situation. Some women were faced with the paradox of being admitted to hospital (thus indicating a problem) in the absence of any symptoms, such as swelling. This resulted in women feeling that they were frauds and not deserving of a hospital bed. Some women also felt that bed rest and medication could be done at home particularly as they ‘felt fine’. Women experienced a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows depending upon the latest information given to them by staff particularly concerning likely discharge date. Upward and downward social comparisons were evident as women observed others being delivered of a healthy baby or lacking adequate support. Most women had satisfactory social support form husbands/partners and family.

    Conclusions: Women could be assisted in their search for meaning by affirmation concerning their status as worthy of hospital care, provision of consistent information, and satisfactory social support.

    Publisher statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 26 (3). The Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychologyis available online at:http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a794826353
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)157-167
    JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
    Volume26
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    The full-text of this article is not currently available from this repository.
    This is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 26 (3). The Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
    is available online at:
    http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a794826353

    Keywords

    • pregnancy
    • psychosocial factors
    • qualitative methods
    • observation
    • perceptions

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