2021, Cilt 8, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 196-202
Neonatal Intensive Care Experiences of Mothers of Premature Babies
Dilek ERYÜRÜK1, Öznur BAŞDAŞ2, Zübeyde KORKMAZ3, İlknur YILDIZ4, Özlem MUMCU5, Meral BAYAT6
1Dr. Erciyes Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Doktora Programı Mezunu, Türkiye
2Doç.Dr., Erciyes Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Kayseri, Türkiye
3Dr.Öğr. Üyesi, Nuh Naci Yazgan Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Kayseri, Türkiye
4Dr.Öğr. Üyesi, Sivas Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Sivas, Türkiye
5Uzman Hemşire, Eskişehir Şehir Hastanesi, Eskişehir, Türkiye
6Prof.Dr., Erciyes Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Kayseri, Türkiye
Keywords: Baby, maternal experience, neonatal intensive care unit, nurse

Aim: While a mother expects a healthy baby, she may experience a crisis due to the conditions in the neonatal intensive care units (NICU) following premature birth. It is important to determine the feelings and expectations of mothers to manage this crisis successfully. This study was conducted as a qualitative study to determine the expectations and experiences of the mothers of babies hospitalized in the NICU.

Material and Methods: The data were collected through in-depth individual interviews with ten mothers whose babies were hospitalized in the NICU. The obtained data were evaluated by content analysis. Emotions experienced by the mothers, their views on the care of the baby, and their expectations from the nurses were compiled and presented.

Results: It was determined that mothers felt anxiety, fear, and sadness about their babies; they wanted to get clear and understandable information about the baby's condition and participate in their babies' care.

Conclusion: Nurses are recommended to introduce NICU tomothers, provide clear and understandable information about their babies, support mother-infant interaction and mother's participation in care to cope with the emotions and crisis experienced by mothers whose babies are hospitalized in NICU.