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Parental experiences of providing skin-to-skin care to their newborn infant--part 1: a qualitative systematic review.

Anderzén-Carlsson A, Lamy ZC, Eriksson M - Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being (2014)

Bottom Line: SSC care for newborn infants has been reported to have positive physiological and psychological benefits to the infants and their parents.Two themes that characterized the provision of SSC emerged: a restoring experience and an energy-draining experience.Further research about fathers' experiences is recommended.

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Affiliation: Centre for Health Care Sciences, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden; agneta.anderzenkarlsson@orebroll.se.

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Aim: To describe parental experiences of providing skin-to-skin care (SSC) to their newborn infants.

Background: SSC care for newborn infants has been reported to have positive physiological and psychological benefits to the infants and their parents. No systematic review regarding parental experiences has been identified.

Design: In this first part of a meta-study, the findings of a systematic literature review on parental experience of SSC care are presented.

Data sources: Four databases were searched, without year or language limitations, up until December 2013. Manual searches were performed in reference lists and in a bibliography of the topic.

Review methods: After a quality-appraisal process, data from the original articles were extracted and analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Results: The systematic and manual searches led to the inclusion of 29 original qualitative papers from nine countries, reporting experiences from 401 mothers and 94 fathers. Two themes that characterized the provision of SSC emerged: a restoring experience and an energy-draining experience.

Conclusion: This review has added scientific and systematic knowledge about parental experiences of providing SSC. Further research about fathers' experiences is recommended.

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Mentions: In order to ensure an adequate scientific level, we limited the inclusion criteria to published original papers and doctoral dissertations. No language or publication year limitations were set. After screening subject headings (CINAHL), Mesh-terms (PubMed) and key words from some relevant manually identified articles, the search-terms Kangaroo, Kangaroo Care, Skin-to-skin, Parents, Parental attitudes, Parental behaviour, Infant care, Mother, Father and Parent–child relations were used in different combinations. The searches were performed in March 2009. Since the initial searches revealed extensive published research on this topic from Latin-America, further database searches were performed in SciElo and LILACS, two databases specialized in Latin-American research. To ensure actuality, the literature searches were repeated in June 2010 and in November 2013, using the same methodology (Figure 1).


Parental experiences of providing skin-to-skin care to their newborn infant--part 1: a qualitative systematic review.

Anderzén-Carlsson A, Lamy ZC, Eriksson M - Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being (2014)

Flowchart showing the search and inclusion process.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4197399&req=5

Figure 0001: Flowchart showing the search and inclusion process.
Mentions: In order to ensure an adequate scientific level, we limited the inclusion criteria to published original papers and doctoral dissertations. No language or publication year limitations were set. After screening subject headings (CINAHL), Mesh-terms (PubMed) and key words from some relevant manually identified articles, the search-terms Kangaroo, Kangaroo Care, Skin-to-skin, Parents, Parental attitudes, Parental behaviour, Infant care, Mother, Father and Parent–child relations were used in different combinations. The searches were performed in March 2009. Since the initial searches revealed extensive published research on this topic from Latin-America, further database searches were performed in SciElo and LILACS, two databases specialized in Latin-American research. To ensure actuality, the literature searches were repeated in June 2010 and in November 2013, using the same methodology (Figure 1).

Bottom Line: SSC care for newborn infants has been reported to have positive physiological and psychological benefits to the infants and their parents.Two themes that characterized the provision of SSC emerged: a restoring experience and an energy-draining experience.Further research about fathers' experiences is recommended.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Centre for Health Care Sciences, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden; agneta.anderzenkarlsson@orebroll.se.

ABSTRACT

Aim: To describe parental experiences of providing skin-to-skin care (SSC) to their newborn infants.

Background: SSC care for newborn infants has been reported to have positive physiological and psychological benefits to the infants and their parents. No systematic review regarding parental experiences has been identified.

Design: In this first part of a meta-study, the findings of a systematic literature review on parental experience of SSC care are presented.

Data sources: Four databases were searched, without year or language limitations, up until December 2013. Manual searches were performed in reference lists and in a bibliography of the topic.

Review methods: After a quality-appraisal process, data from the original articles were extracted and analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Results: The systematic and manual searches led to the inclusion of 29 original qualitative papers from nine countries, reporting experiences from 401 mothers and 94 fathers. Two themes that characterized the provision of SSC emerged: a restoring experience and an energy-draining experience.

Conclusion: This review has added scientific and systematic knowledge about parental experiences of providing SSC. Further research about fathers' experiences is recommended.

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