Experience of hope: An exploratory research with bereaved mothers following perinatal death

Title

Experience of hope: An exploratory research with bereaved mothers following perinatal death

Creator

de Andrade Alvarenga W; deMontigny F; Zeghiche S; Verdon C; Castanheira Nascimento L

Publisher

Women and Birth

Date

2020

Subject

Bereavement; Hope; Hopelessness; Perinatal death; Qualitative research; Women

Description

Problem The negative implications of perinatal death on mothers’ mental health are documented, however little is known about their experience of hope. Background Within the broader literature, hope has contributed to better mental health and bereavement adjustment and often bereaved mothers report the importance of hope for the grieving process. Aim This study aims to explore bereaved mothers’ experience of hope following perinatal death. Methods Individual interviews were conducted with 33 mothers having experienced the death of an infant in the perinatal period. Data from the interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. Findings The mothers’ experience of hope following perinatal loss is organized into three themes: Hope disrupted by perinatal loss; Transformed hope: a new pregnancy challenged by the sense of foreboding of another loss; and Ways to restore and foster hope in life. Discussion Although hope has been a motivating force for mothers to reconnect with their life plan and move on after a loss, it is also negatively affected by the experience of perinatal bereavement, social support, and health professionals’ clinical practice. Conclusion Bereaved mothers have reported a disruption in their experience of hope. While some experience a loss of hope or a sense of hopelessness, others experience a transformation and restoration of hope, which is reinvested in the grieving process. Mothers’ experience of hope highlights the need for the support of a healthcare professional and may contribute to enhanced clinical practice through the promotion of bereavement care, considering the aspects that instil, maintain, and interfere with hope.

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Citation List Month

November 2020 List

Collection

Citation

de Andrade Alvarenga W; deMontigny F; Zeghiche S; Verdon C; Castanheira Nascimento L, “Experience of hope: An exploratory research with bereaved mothers following perinatal death,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 14, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17248.

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