Parents’ experience of time distortion following diagnosis of a serious or lethal fetal anomaly
de-Vitry Smith, Sally, Dietsch, Elaine, & Bonner, Ann (2012) Parents’ experience of time distortion following diagnosis of a serious or lethal fetal anomaly. International Journal of Childbirth, 2(4), pp. 212-221.
PURPOSE: To explore the experience of couples who continued pregnancy following a diagnosis of serious or lethal fetal anomaly. STUDY DESIGN: Thirty-one male and female participants were recruited from a high-risk maternal–fetal medicine clinic in Washington State. Data were collected using in-depth interviews during pregnancy and after the birth of their baby. Transcribed interviews were thematically analyzed through the phenomenological lens of Merleau-Ponty. FINDINGS: Participants described how time became reconfigured and reconstituted as they tried to compress a lifetime of love for their future child into a limited period. Participants’ concepts of time became distorted and were related to their perceptual lived experience rather than the schedule-filled,regimented, linear clock time that governed the health professionals. CONCLUSION: Living in distorted time may be a mechanism parents use to cope with overwhelming and disorienting feelings when their unborn baby is diagnosed with a fetal anomaly.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||fetal anomaly, phenomenology, Merleau-Ponty, lived experience|
|ISSN:||2156-5295 (online) 2156-5287 (print)|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Midwifery (111006)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Springer Publishing Company|
|Deposited On:||15 Jan 2013 02:06|
|Last Modified:||12 Jun 2013 15:27|
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