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Åsa Engström and Inger Lindberg found in their study that complicated deliveries also affect fathers emotionally.

Complicated delivery difficult even for Dad

Published: 4 December 2013

Deliveries that leads to the mother must be nurtured in the intensive care involves both a physical impact but also a great psychological distress, even for the father, according to a research study at Luleå University of Technology, LTU.
Care should consider adopting procedures to help fathers, due to the study.

-Fathers might have to be called to call to talk about what was a pain, says Inger Lindberg, who conducted the study along with Åsa Engström.
Both are researchers in nursing at the Department of Health.
-We had fathers who cried when we interviewed them several months after birth, says Inger Lindberg.

Severe anxiety for partner

The fathers had experienced severe concern for the partner and the newborn child.
Having the opportunity to talk about feelings may be important not only for fathers because even the relationship with the mother / partner may be affected by crude difficult experiences surrounding childbirth.
-Questions about going for for a new pregnancy can be concerned, says Åsa Engström.
The mothers who were interviewed in the study had more than fathers succeded to process their difficult experiences.
-It's more permissible for women to talk about their feelings, mothers talk about what they've been through and then it gets a little easier every time, says Åsa Engström.

Eight mothers and fathers

The Luleå researchers' study is based on interviews with eight mothers and eight fathers who have given birth in northern Sweden. In addition, 13 intensive care nurses who helped and cared for the mothers was interviewed about their experiences.
The mothers in the study had births complications because of bleeding, rupture or pre-eclampsia.
For both mothers and fathers in the study the outcome of the delivery was in no way expected.
-This one can ponder. Maybe health care should prepare parents better at it can go awry. Not that they'll scare people, but that still prepares them to acute complications can occur, says Åsa Engström.

Fact: 2011 was 8.1 percent of all deliveries in Sweden with emergency caesarean section. At 8.8 percent of deliveries were used ventouse or forceps.

Asa Engstrom is assistant professor in the Department of Nursing and specialstiutbildad nurse specializing in intensive care, where she has extensive clinical experience.
Inger Lindberg is assistant professor in the department of nursing and midwife with extensive clinical experience in obstetric and maternity care.

The research study on parents' experiences of care in the context of complicated deliveries have been made ​​with the support of Norrbotten County Council (NLL). Birgitta Boqvist, NLL, has been involved in the research study.