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Purpose—examine parents' concerns about subsequent pregnancies after experiencing an infant or child death (newborn to 18 years). Data Sources—39 semi-structured parent (White, Black, Hispanic) interviews 7 and 13 months post infant/child death conducted in English and/or Spanish, audio-recorded, transcribed and content analyzed. Mothers' mean age was 31.8 years, fathers' was 39 years; 11 parents were White, 16 Black, 12 Hispanic. Conclusions—Themes common at 7 and 13 months: wanting more children; fear, anxiety, scared; praying to God/God's will; thinking about/keeping the infant's/child's memory and at 7 months importance of becoming pregnant for family members; and at 13 months happy about a new baby. Parents who lost a child in NICU commented more than those who lost a child in
PICU. Black and Hispanic parents commented more on praying to God and subsequent pregnancies being God's will than White parents. Implications for Practice—Loss of an infant/child is a significant stressor on parents with documented negative physical and mental health outcomes. Assessing parents' subsequent pregnancy plans, recognizing the legitimacy of their fears about another pregnancy, discussing a plan should they encounter problems and carefully monitoring the health of all parents who lost an infant/child is an essential practitioner role.
Brooten, Dorothy; Youngblut, JoAnne M.; Hannan, Jean; Caicedo, Carmen; Roche, Rosa M.; and Malkawi, Fatima, "Infant and Child Deaths: Parent Concerns about Subsequent Pregnancies" (2015). Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences. 44.
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