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Exploring the needs and lived experiences of women hospitalised during pregnancy in the United Kingdom: A qualitative diary study
journal contributionposted on 19.11.2021, 14:17 by Helen Elliott-Mainwaring, Sarah Church, Sally Pezaro
There is a global call to optimise antenatal care experiences. Hospitalisation during pregnancy may have a significant impact upon the experience of care. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore the needs and lived experiences of those hospitalised during pregnancy.
A thematic analysis rooted in interpretive phenomenology was undertaken on the content of five written diaries produced by pregnant participants whilst hospitalised. Three themes were identified from the data; (1) ‘Uncertainty’; (2) ‘Loss of control’; (3)‘Vulnerability’. Study findings could usefully be translated into improvements for those hospitalised during the antenatal period.