Ghanaian fathers' experiences of caring for preterm infants ; journey of exclusion

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Adama, Esther Abena, Sundin, Deborah and Bayes, Sara. (2017) Ghanaian fathers' experiences of caring for preterm infants ; journey of exclusion. Journal of Neonatal Nursing. 23(6), pp. 275-281. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnn.2017.05.003
AuthorsAdama, Esther Abena, Sundin, Deborah and Bayes, Sara
Abstract

Aim
To explore Ghanaian fathers' experiences of caring for preterm infants in the neonatal unit and after discharge.

Method
Participants were part of a larger study to explore parents’ experiences of caring for preterm infants after discharge. Narrative inquiry methodology was used to interview nine fathers of preterm infants of gestational age 26–36 weeks at three stages-one week, one month and four months-after discharge from four level II and III neonatal units in Ghana. Data was analysed using thematic analysis guided by the three-dimensional narrative inquiry space. Ethical approval and consent from fathers were obtained before interviewing them at their residence.

Result
Three themes emerged from the data showing the chronological journey of fathers from the neonatal unit till four months after discharge–1. In the neonatal unit – “there's no room for me; 2. Pre-discharge preparation – “I was not involved in discharge education” and 3. Home care/post discharge – “I'm scared of my preterm infant”. Fathers reported being continuously excluded from the care of their preterm infants. This exclusion resulted in increased stress and lack of confidence in caring for their preterm infants after discharge.

Conclusion
Fathers' experiences of caring for preterm infants is a journey characterized by exclusion and lack of caring confidence after discharge. Recognising and addressing the needs of fathers of preterm infants in the neonatal unit is essential in building their caring confidence after discharge.

Keywordsdischarge; experience; fathers; Ghana; neonatal unit
Year2017
JournalJournal of Neonatal Nursing
Journal citation23 (6), pp. 275-281
PublisherElsevier Ltd
ISSN1355-1841
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnn.2017.05.003
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85024408518
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range275-281
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online17 Jul 2017
Publication process dates
Accepted26 May 2017
Deposited27 Apr 2021
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