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Mother’s experiences and perceptions of a continuous caring model with fathers after caesarean section: a qualitative study
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing. Karolinska institutet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6910-7047
2015 (English)In: Women's Health Open Journal, ISSN 2380-3940, Vol. 1, no 3, 63-71 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: In Chile, mothers and newborns are separated after caesarean sections. The caesarean

section rate in Chile is approximately 40%. Once separated, newborns will miss out on

the benefits of early contact unless a suitable model of early newborn contact after caesarean

section is initiated.

Aim: To describe mothers experiences and perceptions of a continuous parental model of newborn

care after caesarean section during mother-infant separation.

Methods: A questionnaire with 4 open ended questions to gather data on the experiences and

perceptions of 95 mothers in the obstetric service of Sótero Del Rio Hospital in Chile between

2009 and 2012. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

Results: One theme family friendly practice after caesarean section and four categories. Mothers

described the benefits of this model of caring. The fathers presence was important to mother

and baby. Mothers were reassured that the baby was not left alone with staff. It was important

for the mothers to see that the father could love the baby as much as the mother. This model

of care helped create ties between the father and newborn during the period of mother-infant

separation and later with the mother.

Conclusions: Family friendly practice after caesarean section was an important health care

intervention for the whole family. This model could be stratified in the Chilean context in the

case of complicated births and all caesarean sections.

Clinical Implications: In the Chilean context, there is the potential to increase the number of

parents who get to hold their baby immediately after birth and for as long as they like. When

the mother and infant are separated after birth, parents can be informed about the benefits of

this caring model. Further research using randomized control trials may support biological


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Openventio Publishers , 2015. Vol. 1, no 3, 63-71 p.
Keyword [en]
Parental continuous care; Newborn; Gentle caesarean section; Content analysis
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Research subject
Health and Welfare
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-20556DOI: 10.17140/WHOJ-1-110OAI: diva2:889816
Available from: 2015-12-28 Created: 2015-12-28 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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