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A Swedish study of midwives' and nurses' experiences when women are diagnosed with a missed miscarriage during a routine ultrasound scan
Division of Reproductive and Perinatal Health Care, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2577-1632
2010 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 1, no 2, 67-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: The aim was to describe midwives’ and nurses’ experiences when women are diagnosed with a missed miscarriage during a routine ultrasound scan in pregnancy weeks 18–20.

Study designs: A qualitative content analysis with an inductive approach and 13 semi-structured interviews were used for data collection from these three domains: midwives at an ultrasound department, midwives at a maternity clinic and nurses at a gynecological ward. Content analysis resulted in six codes, four categories and one primary theme.

Main outcome measures: The four categories identified were: the interviewees’ experiences of women’s reactions, support from the midwife and nurse, the interviewees’ experiences of men’s reactions and communication between care providers and women. The main theme focused on the interviewees’ noting that women had a premonition that something was wrong with their pregnancy. This could for example have been in the form of minor bleeding or the fact that pregnancy symptoms had receded and there were no movements by the fetus. The midwives carried out a follow-up with assessment.

Conclusions: Women need confirmation of their premonitions of a missed miscarriage so that a diagnosis can be made as early as possible in their pregnancy. Women and their partners who have suffered a missed miscarriage need extended support on an individual basis in addition to follow-up assistance as assessed by the midwives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2010. Vol. 1, no 2, 67-72 p.
Keyword [en]
Crisis, Diagnosis, Missed miscarriage, Social support, Ultrasonography prenatal
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-4307DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2010.01.002ISI: 000208559700006PubMedID: 21122599Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77951266758OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-4307DiVA: diva2:345169
Available from: 2010-08-24 Created: 2010-08-24 Last updated: 2016-12-29Bibliographically approved

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