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Swedish parents' experiences of parenthood and the need for support to siblings when a baby is stillborn
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9672-7698
2011 (English)In: Birth, ISSN 0730-7659, E-ISSN 1523-536X, Vol. 38, no 2, 150-8 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: It has been argued that having a stillborn baby in the family affects older siblings more than parents realize. The aim of this study was to describe parenthood and the needs of siblings after stillbirth from the parents' perspective.

METHODS: Six focus groups were held with 27 parents who had experienced a stillbirth and who had had children before the loss. The discussion concerned parents' support to the siblings, and the sibling's meeting, farewell, and memories of their little sister or brother. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: The overall theme of the findings was parenthood in a balance between grief and everyday life. In the analysis, three categories emerged that described the construction of the theme: support in an acute situation, sharing the experiences within the family, and adjusting to the situation.

CONCLUSIONS: The siblings' situation is characterized by having a parent who tries to maintain a balance between grief and everyday life. Parents are present and engaged in joint activities around the stillbirth together with the siblings of the stillborn baby. Although parents are aware of the sibling's situation, they feel that they are left somewhat alone in their parenthood after stillbirth and therefore need support and guidance from others.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 38, no 2, 150-8 p.
Keyword [en]
Content analysis, Focus groups, Parenthood, Siblings, Stillbirth
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-921DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.2010.00457.xPubMedID: 21599738OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-921DiVA: diva2:463477
Available from: 2011-12-09 Created: 2011-12-09 Last updated: 2014-09-29Bibliographically approved

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