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J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2001 Sep;15(2):65-82.

Mothers' strategies to meet their needs in the newborn intensive care nursery.

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Center on Research on Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.

Abstract

In this prospective, critical ethnographic study using a total of 448 hours of participant observations incorporating in-depth interviews, the author explored with 12 mothers of premature babies their descriptions and interpretations of their own needs in a tertiary-level newborn nursery (NICU) and their actions to address these needs. In the NICU the mothers demonstrated a repertoire of actions to vigilantly "watch over" their premature babies, which they extended to address their own needs as well. The mothers employed these actions in such a way as to minimize the potential for diverting resources from their babies and to minimize conflict with caregivers.

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