切迫早産妊婦の入院中における妊娠の受けとめ [in Japanese] Attitude toward their pregnancy of hospitalized pregnant women in threatened premature labor in Japan [in Japanese]
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The purpose of this study was to examine the attitude toward their pregnancy of women hospitalized for threatened premature labor in Japan. A descriptive research design with convenience sampling from five medical hospitals and two clinics was used. Participants were 189 hospitalized women diagnosed with premature labor who had received continuous 24-hour treatment with intravenous Ritodrine hydrochloride for more than 1 week. Women were presented an open-ended question to ascertain what they thought about their pregnancy. Data were analyzed using a qualitative content analysis method. Responses reflecting a positive attitude toward their pregnancy were divided into 8 categories: "feeling amazed and pleased about the pregnancy", "feeling the reality of being a mother with a new baby", "feeling able to deal with the reality of this pregnancy", "recognizing advantages of being pregnant", "feeling that the pregnancy has been a good experience", "experiencing a bond with family", "feeling prepared for childbirth", and "feeling grateful". Four categories of responses represented an ambivalent attitude, and 5 categories reflected a negative attitude, including "recognizing the challenges of pregnancy", "having a pregnancy different from expectations", "having difficulty accepting the pregnancy as their own", "feeling anxious about the pregnancy", and "experiencing the burden of pregnancy". Health care providers should provide emotional as well as medical support for hospitalized pregnant women to assure the safety of mother and infant as well as promote a positive attitude toward pregnancy.
- Maternal health
Maternal health 53(2), 313-321, 2012-07-01
Japan Society of Maternal Health