Mothers experiences regarding prolonged hospitalization of their preterm babies in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
Author(s): Itshwarelele Ramosukwana
Abstract:Background: Hospitalization of preterm babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) exposes mothers to critical care environment for as much period as it is determined by the condition of their babies. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences of mothers about prolonged hospitalization of their babies in NICU. Methods: A literature search was conducted using electronic data base such as EBSCOHOST, GOOGLE SCHOLAR; PUBMED and CINAHL for articles published between 2000 and 2015 that explore mothers’ experiences regarding hospitalization of the preterm babies in NICU. Lastly, authors also made inferences from their personal experiences as players in nursing practice/education Themes were derived from the articles which included mothers’ interaction with their own babies, other mothers, health care personnel and the NICU environment. Results: The admission of preterm babies in NICU is stressful to the mothers. It is associated with fear, anxiety frustration which consequently interferes with bonding between the mother and the baby. This paper seeks to explore mothers’ experiences regarding prolonged hospitalization of their preterm babies in NICU.