The early days of the premature child at home: collective subject discourse


Aim: to  better understand  the experiences  of  fathers regarding  the care  of  their  premature  child  in  the  first  days  after  discharge.  Method:  qualitative approach  study.  Seven  parents  participated,  who  had  preterm infants hospitalized in  a neonatal intensive care unit. Data collection took place in the period from March to June 2015. For data analysis, the methodological reference of the discourse of the collective subject   was   used.   Results:   the   speeches   were   grouped   into   three   themes:   1) Experiencing  the  emotions  of  the  first  night  with  the  child  at  home;  2)  Taking responsibility  for  the  care  of the  premature  child  at  home;  3)  Putting  into  practice the care  measures  learned  from  the  nursing  team  during  the  hospitalization  period. Conclusion: the fathers participated in the care of the child. The nursing team should be prepared  to  encourage  the  presence  of  the  father  in  hospital  environments,  involving him in the early care practices, so that he can feel more secure when the child is brought home.
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