Infants born with long-gap esophageal atresia (LGEA) pose unique physiologic risks in the newborn period. Anatomic and physiologic anomalies require an extended hospitalization with procedural analgesia and sedation that impact the mother’s experience of birth, maternal response, and nurturing of her infant.
The aim of this study was to understand the meaning of experiences that mothers of infants born with LGEA encounter in the neonatal intensive care unit while their infant undergoes esophageal repair.
Nurses’ knowledge and understanding of maternal experiences of having an infant with LGEA will enable for increased physical closeness, optimizing time spent together to learn their infant’s unique personality. Creating partnerships with mothers can enhance our understanding of their perspectives, concerns, needs, and guide interventions.
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