Problem: Several maternity units worldwide have rapidly put in place changes to maternity care pathways and restrictive preventive measures in the attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, resulting in birth companions often not being allowed to be present at birth and throughout hospital admission. Background: The WHO strongly recommends that the emotional, practical, advocacy and health benefits of having a chosen birth companion are respected and accommodated, including women with suspected, likely or confirmed COVID-19. Aim: To explore the lived experiences of the partners of COVID-19 positive childbearing women who gave birth during the first pandemic wave (March and April 2020) in a Northern Italy maternity hospital. Methods: A qualitative study using an interpretive phenomenological approach was undertaken. Audio-recorded semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 partners. Thematic data analysis was conducted using NVivo software. Ethical approval was obtained from the relevant Ethics Committee prior to commencing the study. Findings: The findings include five main themes: (1) emotional impact of the pandemic; (2) partner and parent: a dual role; (3) not being present at birth: a ‘denied’ experience; (4) returning to ‘normality’; (5) feedback to ‘pandemic’ maternity services and policies. Discussion and conclusion: Key elements of good practice to promote positive childbirth experiences in the context of a pandemic were identified: presence of a birth companion; COVID-19 screening tests for support persons; timely, proactive and comprehensive communication of information to support persons; staggered hospital visiting times; follow-up of socio-psychological wellbeing; antenatal and postnatal home visiting; family-centred policies and services.

Nespoli, A., Ornaghi, S., Borrelli, S., Vergani, P., Fumagalli, S. (2022). Lived experiences of the partners of COVID-19 positive childbearing women: A qualitative study. WOMEN AND BIRTH, 35(3 (May 2022)), 289-297 [10.1016/j.wombi.2021.07.006].

Lived experiences of the partners of COVID-19 positive childbearing women: A qualitative study

Nespoli, A
Primo
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Ornaghi, S
Secondo
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Borrelli, S;Vergani, P
Penultimo
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Fumagalli, S
Ultimo
2022

Abstract

Problem: Several maternity units worldwide have rapidly put in place changes to maternity care pathways and restrictive preventive measures in the attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, resulting in birth companions often not being allowed to be present at birth and throughout hospital admission. Background: The WHO strongly recommends that the emotional, practical, advocacy and health benefits of having a chosen birth companion are respected and accommodated, including women with suspected, likely or confirmed COVID-19. Aim: To explore the lived experiences of the partners of COVID-19 positive childbearing women who gave birth during the first pandemic wave (March and April 2020) in a Northern Italy maternity hospital. Methods: A qualitative study using an interpretive phenomenological approach was undertaken. Audio-recorded semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 partners. Thematic data analysis was conducted using NVivo software. Ethical approval was obtained from the relevant Ethics Committee prior to commencing the study. Findings: The findings include five main themes: (1) emotional impact of the pandemic; (2) partner and parent: a dual role; (3) not being present at birth: a ‘denied’ experience; (4) returning to ‘normality’; (5) feedback to ‘pandemic’ maternity services and policies. Discussion and conclusion: Key elements of good practice to promote positive childbirth experiences in the context of a pandemic were identified: presence of a birth companion; COVID-19 screening tests for support persons; timely, proactive and comprehensive communication of information to support persons; staggered hospital visiting times; follow-up of socio-psychological wellbeing; antenatal and postnatal home visiting; family-centred policies and services.
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Birth companions; Childbirth; Coronavirus; Experience; Maternity care; Midwifery; Pandemic; Partners;
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Nespoli, A., Ornaghi, S., Borrelli, S., Vergani, P., Fumagalli, S. (2022). Lived experiences of the partners of COVID-19 positive childbearing women: A qualitative study. WOMEN AND BIRTH, 35(3 (May 2022)), 289-297 [10.1016/j.wombi.2021.07.006].
Nespoli, A; Ornaghi, S; Borrelli, S; Vergani, P; Fumagalli, S
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