Vol - 24, Issue - 03
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-16-12-2019-74
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Abstract : Childbirth complications and admission to the intensive care units in the immediate postpartum period have the potential to impact transition to motherhood. Mothers in the intensive care units have special needs other than monitoring and resuscitation. This study aims to explore the subjective experience of transition into motherhood among Jordanian mothers who suffered childbirth complications that required postpartum hospitalization into the intensive care units. A descriptive phenomenological approach has been conducted to underpin this study among purposive seven mothers who developed childbirth complications and were admitted to the intensive care units at any of the Royal Medical Services Hospitals in Jordan. Data were generated through semi-structured qualitative interviews. The interviews were conducted at two points of time, within the first month and four to six months after birth. The results showed five major themes in relation to transition to motherhood after childbirth complications and admission to the intensive care units: Early Separation and Delayed Bonding, Unmet Needs of the Mothers by the Intensive Care Unit Environment and Healthcare Professionals, Devastation: Physical and Emotional and the Role of Spirituality and Sociocultural Influences. This study provided insight into risks of the childbirth complications upon mothers’ physical and psychological well-being, and maternal- infant relationship, it also highlighted the needs of mothers during their stay in the Intensive Care Units.

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