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Health SA Gesondheid (Online)

versão On-line ISSN 2071-9736
versão impressa ISSN 1025-9848


DU PLESSIS-FAURIE, Alida S.; POGGENPOEL, Marie; MYBURGH, Chris P.H.  e  JACOBS, Wanda O.. Towards community-based nursing: Mothers' experiences caring for their preterm infants in an informal settlement, Gauteng. Health SA Gesondheid (Online) [online]. 2020, vol.25, pp.1-8. ISSN 2071-9736.

BACKGROUND: Pregnant women who experience preterm labour rush to public hospitals closest to the informal settlement in which they reside. Preterm infants are discharged when they reach a certain weight. Mothers take their preterm infants to their homes inside the informal settlements. Yet, preterm infants have special needs and require specific management. Research confirmed that nurses working in community clinics near informal settlements are unaware of the challenges faced by such mothers. Community nurses are at the heart of nursing, they work closest to the community and have a distinct opportunity to provide contextual, community-based care and support to these mothers, to promote good health and prevent diseasesAIM: This article aims to enhance community nurses' insight about the mothers' experiences in caring for their preterm infants post-hospitalisationSETTING: The study was conducted in an informal settlement in Midvaal, GautengMETHODS: A qualitative, exploratory, descriptive and contextual research design was used. In-depth, phenomenological interviews were conducted with 10 purposefully sampled mothers to explore their experiences in caring for their preterm infants in an informal settlement. Data were analysed using Giorgi's coding method. Ethical approval was received from the University of Johannesburg. Measures were applied to ensure trustworthinessRESULTS: Three themes emerged: mothers experienced intrapersonal responses, interpersonal responses and numerous physical challenges in taking care of their preterm infantsCONCLUSION: Study findings revealed that mothers experienced several responses in caring for their preterm infants. Sharing their experiences can enhance community clinic nurses' insight to provide contextual health education

Palavras-chave : Experiences; Mothers; Preterm infants; Informal settlement; Community clinic nurses.

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