Experience and care in miscarriage: a qualitative study

Selisvane Ribeiro da Fonseca Domingos, Miriam Aparecida Barbosa Merighi, Maria Cristina Pinto de Jesus
2011 Online Brazilian Journal of Nursing  
Problem: The miscarriage is a frustrating event in the lives of many women, especially for those who schedule pregnancy. Objective: Understanding the experience of women in situations of spontaneous abortion, in the context of public and private health services assistance as well as the experience of nurses and the care provided. Method: Qualitative research, based on the social phenomenology of Alfred Schutz, held in 2009, through open interviews with 13 women and seven nurses. Results: The
more » ... carriage is experienced as something unexpected, a difficult moment, permeated by sadness and grief related to loss and the impossibility of continuing the pregnancy. The women express a desire to receive support, care and information and evaluate the care received as satisfactory but distinguished in the services that attend health insurance. Nurses seek initially to obtain information about abortion, health conditions and need for care and, thereafter, provide guidance and support women so that they can overcome this moment. Conclusions: Women acknowledge that the moment experienced is a condition that requires attention, support and information from the professionals. We emphasize the importance of nurses' performance in planning and carrying out actions in line with the principle of comprehensive care. Descriptors: Women's Health. Abortion. Nursing. Qualitative research.
doi:10.5935/1676-4285.20113236 fatcat:64tmhn3qtbfm5bpqrfszymap2y