Parents’ perceptions of sleeping in a neonatal intensive care unit
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Sleep is important for mental and emotional health. For parents staying in the hospital with their preterm and/or sick infant, lack of sleep may affect their ability to handle the situation, supporting their infant, and participate in decision-making. Moreover, when a child is born preterm, parents may experience stress that potentially affects their ability to interact and bond with the infant.
To describe parents’ perceptions of what it is like to sleep in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in a room nearby or in the same room as their infant.
Twelve parents (eight mothers and four fathers) of infants born between week 29 and 36, in three different hospitals, were included. Eight of the parents slept in the same room as their infants and four parents slept in parents’ rooms in the NICU.
Parents were interviewed with open-ended questions. Data was analysed with a phenomenographic method according to Marton and Both.
Five descriptive categories in the phenomenon of parents’ perception of how it is to sleep in a NICU were identified; Transition to parenthood, How parents perceive and manage their tiredness, A feeling of being out of control, Different forms of support and Environment.
Parents in the NICU are vulnerable, in a stressful situation, with an infant in need of neonatal intensive care. At the same time they are going through a complicated transition to parenthood. Hence sleep is important for the parents in several aspects, and NICU staff needs to acknowledge and promote parents’ sleep.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93825OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-93825DiVA: diva2:627028
2nd PNAE Congress on Paediatric Nursing, Glasgow, United Kingdom, June 7-8, 2013