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J Caring Sci. 2023;12(4): 248-254.
doi: 10.34172/jcs.2023.31929
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Original Article

Novel Memories of Motherhood: Childbirth Lived Experiences of Mothers with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Sedigheh Abdollahpour 1 ORCID logo, Azam Akbari 2 ORCID logo, Talat Khadivzadeh 1* ORCID logo

1 Reproductive Health, Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
2 Emam Reza Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Talat Khadivzadeh, Email: tKhadivzadeh@yahoo.com

Abstract

Introduction: The critical coronavirus pandemic presents a global challenge with dimensions yet unknown, underscoring the essential need to comprehend the lived experiences, especially for vulnerable groups. This study delves into the childbirth experiences of mothers dealing with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Methods: Employing hermeneutic phenomenology, this qualitative research was conducted at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (Iran). Purposeful sampling involved 16 mothers with maximum variation. Unstructured telephone interviews collected data, analyzed using the Diekelman approach.

Results: Unveiling the theme “Novel Memories of Motherhood,” four central themes emerged: “The Missing Link in Quality Care,” “Coronavirus Stigma,” “A lonely mother in quarantine,” and “Cascade of Psychological Trauma.”

Conclusion: COVID-19 acts as an intervening factor, distorting routine care and delivery programs. The focus for service providers attending to mothers in labor should extend beyond physical care, encompassing the elimination of coronavirus-related stigma and prioritizing psychological attention. This holistic approach is crucial for maintaining quality care standards.

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Submitted: 19 Jan 2023
Accepted: 30 Aug 2023
ePublished: 08 Oct 2023
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