International Journal of
Nursing and Midwifery

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Nurs. Midwifery
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2456
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJNM
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 183

Full Length Research Paper

Experiences and coping strategies of perinatally bereaved mothers with the loss

Eniola Sarat Onaolapo
  • Eniola Sarat Onaolapo
  • Department of Nursing, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
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Edward Appiah Boateng
  • Edward Appiah Boateng
  • Department of Nursing, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
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Felix Apiribu
  • Felix Apiribu
  • Department of Nursing, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
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Veronica Millicent Dzomeku
  • Veronica Millicent Dzomeku
  • Department of Nursing, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
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  •  Received: 18 February 2020
  •  Accepted: 10 April 2020
  •  Published: 31 May 2020

Abstract

This study explored the experiences, coping strategies, and support systems available for perinatally bereaved mothers. A descriptive phenomenological design was employed to explore lived experiences of perinatally bereaved mothers and saturation was reached with the 12th participant. Participants were recruited through purposive sampling and data was collected by in-depth, individual and face-to-face interviews. Data analysis was guided by Colaizzi’s method. From the results, four main themes emerged – deprived care, immediate reactions to the loss, painful reminders of the loss, and coping strategies. Participants felt that deprived care contributed to their loss, and continuous support required in managing it was mostly lacking. Participants employed various strategies in coping with the loss, including self-motivation and religious beliefs. Thus, clinicians need to be more vigilant and ensure that mothers and neonates receive adequate care. Increasing awareness of the support needs of perinatally bereaved mothers could rally emotional support for them during grieving moments.

Key words: Perinatal loss, perinatal bereavement, bereaved mothers, experiences, coping strategies, Kumasi, Ghana.

 

Abbreviation

CH, Christian; MU, Muslim; JHS, Junior High School; SHS, Senior High School.