University of Gothenburg
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Existential questions and needs in neonatal intensive care

When a newborn baby is cared for in neonatal intensive care, it is a life-changing event for the parents. Existential questions are raised and the attitude of the staff towards the parents' questions and needs are important for the parents experience of this time. The staff is confronted with questions like "What is the meaning of this", and professions such as physicians and nurses, counselors, psychologists and priests in the neonatal intensive care are expected to give parents existential support.