Rural African-American Mothers parenting prematurely born infants: An ecological systems perspective


Journal Article

This qualitative descriptive study describes the concerns and issues of rural African-American mothers with prematurely born infants. Mothers were part of a larger nurse-parent support intervention. The 18 mothers lived in rural areas in the Southeast, and their infants were younger than 35 weeks gestational age at birth and at high risk for developmental problems because they either weighed less than 1500 grams at birth or required mechanical ventilation. Field notes written by the intervention nurses providing support to the mothers after discharge from the hospital were analyzed using methods of content analysis. Concerns of the mothers related to the infant's health and development, the maternal role in parenting the infant, personal aspects of their lives, and relationship issues particularly with the fathers. Findings support the importance of an ecological systems perspective when designing research and caring for rural African-American mothers with prematurely born children. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Miles, MS; Holditch-Davis, D; Thoyre, S; Beeber, L

Published Date

  • September 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 142 - 148

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1527-3369

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1053/j.nainr.2005.04.006

Citation Source

  • Scopus