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Parents' experiences of using videoconferencing as a support in early discharge after childbirth.I
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden .
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.
2009 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 357-365Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: to describe parents' experiences of using videoconferencing (VC) when discharged early from a maternity unit. DESIGN: a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods was used to describe parents' experiences. Data were collected via questionnaires and interviews. SETTING: a pilot study involving a maternity department and new parents in their homes was conducted. Through VC, parents discharged early were able to maintain follow-up contact with the midwife via sound and picture at the department. PARTICIPANTS: nine couples/new parents participated. FINDINGS: the analysis revealed four categories of responses: 'feeling confident with the technology'; 'feeling confident of having control of their privacy'; 'feeling confident being face-to-face on the VC'; and 'feeling confident when worries and concerns were met and answers were received'. KEY CONCLUSIONS: using VC as a support in cases of early discharge after childbirth can facilitate a meeting that makes it possible for new parents to be guided by the midwife in their transition into parenthood. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: the findings of this study indicate that VC equipment may be helpful for parents discharged from hospital early after childbirth. The findings can also be used as a foundation for further development of the application of VC within maternal health care and in health care in rural areas.

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2009. Vol. 25, no 4, p. 357-365
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-2825DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2007.06.002ISI: 000268614100003PubMedID: 17935844Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-67649589477OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-2825DiVA, id: diva2:115488
Available from: 2007-12-27 Created: 2007-12-27 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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