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Maternal expectations of the child health nurse
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
The Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden.
The Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2001 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 3, no 3, 139-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The main aim of this study was to identify what first-time mothers in Sweden expected of Child Health Nurses. A further aim was to investigate what help and support was received by the new mothers and whether they felt that anything was missing. Twenty new mothers were interviewed according to grounded theory and the data were analyzed by the constant comparative method. It was found that first-time mothers expected Child Health Nurses to have faith in a new mother's own strength and to be accessible, approachable and knowledgeable, providing advice and support. New mothers indicated that they had experienced most of these characteristics, especially accessibility and approachability, but some felt that there were deficiencies (e.g. a lack of continued interest in their own bodies and health, as well as a lack of support when they ceased to breast-feed). The Child Health Service was taken for granted by new mothers. First-time mothers indicated that they appreciated the service, particularly those mothers who did not have a good social network. However, some of the new mothers expressed negative feelings regarding the Child Health Service provided.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 3, no 3, 139-147 p.
Keyword [en]
Child health service, Expectations, Experiences, Grounded theory, Mothers, Nurses
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-47176DOI: 10.1046/j.1442-2018.2001.00081.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-47176DiVA: diva2:268072
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2012-09-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Support of mothers and their infants by the child health nurse: expectations and experiences
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2002 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The general aim of this thesis was to describe and analyse the CH nurse's support of mothers and their infants, given in order to form a good relationship md lead to favourable development of the child. In studies I, II and III, grounded theory and constant comparative method were used. The aim of study I was to identify how child health nurses view the mother-infant relationship, and how they can improve this relationship. The nurses (n=10) could, through observation of the interplay between mother and infant, view the relationship between the two of them. Such interplay depends on the mother's ability to interpret the infant's signals and the clarity of these signals. These attributes are influenced by mother and infant body language, vocal language, health status, expectations and life situation, which are also influenced mutually. The nurse could improve this relationship through promoting an understanding of the interplay between mother and infant.

The aims of study II were to identify what the child health nurse believed was expected of her by women who had recently become mothers, primipara and multipara; and to investigate which problems the nurse found it most difficult to deal with and to analyse why they were difficult. The nurses (n=15) believed that mothers expected care of the infant and the family from the nurse, comprising support, advice, and child health assessments. The nurses found it most difficult to deal with obstacles to interaction with mothers, such as motherhood problems, hidden, social, and organisational problems.

The aims of study III were to identify what first-time mothers expected of the child health nurse; and to investigate the help and support that new mothers receive from nurses, and whether first-time mothers felt that anything was lacking. The mothers (n=20) expected the nurse to be a supporter, characterized by accessibility, approachability, knowledge, advice and support. They had experienced most of these things, accessibility and approachability in particular. However, the nurses showed a lack of continuity in interest in the mothers' bodies and health. In addition, mothers who wished to discontinue breast-feeding felt that they lacked support from the nurse.

The aim of study IV was to investigate mothers' experiences of their encounters with the child health nurse. A national random sample of mothers (n=140) reported, based on critical incident technique, support or lack of support from the nurse. Thematic content analysis, including 125 reports and demographic data, was accomplished. Symbolic interactionism was used as a frame of reference. The central factor was that they were able to share the realm of motherhood that the nurse is willing to share all kinds of emotions and experiences related to being a mother. The majority of the mothers had received valuable support during troublesome incidents. Nevertheless, there were several dissatisfied mothers who had expected support but thought that they had received insulting treatment instead.

The aims of study V were to describe similarities and differences in expectations of the child health nurse, as they were expressed by recently delivered first-time mothers as compared to an expression of what child health nurses believed mothers of infants expected of them. Data from the intetviews with nurses in study II and mothers in study III (n=35) were analysed by thematic content analysis. The nurse could be someone to approach, who, through her knowledge, could assess the child's development and give immunizations and be a supporter, counsellor, safety provider and a parent group organizer. Similarities between mothers' and nurses' statements occurred more frequently than differences, which are suggested to depend on the Swedish tradition among new mothers of visiting the child health clinic. The mothers expected participation in parent groups to a higher degree than the nurses believed that they did.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2002. 65 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 715
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27481 (URN)12135 (Local ID)91-7373-155-2 (ISBN)12135 (Archive number)12135 (OAI)
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2002-01-18, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitet, Linköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2012-09-18Bibliographically approved

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