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Fathers’ experiences of care when their partners suffer from peripartum cardiomyopathy: a qualitative interview study

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Harshida Patel
Marie Berg
Cecily Begley
Maria Schaufelberger
Publicerad i BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Volym 18
Sidor 330
ISSN 1471-2393
Publiceringsår 2018
Publicerad vid Centrum för personcentrerad vård vid Göteborgs universitet (GPCC)
Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och hälsa
Institutionen för medicin, avdelningen för molekylär och klinisk medicin
Sidor 330
Språk en
Länkar doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-1968-x
Ämnesord Peripartum cardiomyopathy Fathers´ experiences Pregnancy Heart failure Qualitative study Information Care
Ämneskategorier Kardiovaskulär medicin, Reproduktionsmedicin och gynekologi, Omvårdnad


Background: Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), a potentially life-threatening condition in women, can have a profound impact on the family. Although structured support systems are developed, these systems tend to be based on the healthcare providers’ perceptions and focus mainly on mothers’ care. Fathers’ vital role in supporting their partners has been advocated in previous research. However, the impact of PPCM on the male partners of women is less understood. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of healthcare in fathers whose partner was suffering from peripartum cardiomyopathy. Methods: The data from interviews with fourteen fathers were analysed using inductive content analysis. Results: An overarching category “The professionals could have made a difference” was identified from the data, characterised by the sub-categories: ‘To be informed/not informed,’ ‘To feel secure/insecure,’ ‘To feel visible/invisible’ and ‘Wish that it had been different’. Lack of timely information did not allow fathers to understand their partner´s distress, and plan for the future. The birth of the child was an exciting experience, but a feeling of helplessness was central, related to seeing their partner suffering. A desire for follow-up regarding the effect of PPCM on themselves was expressed. Conclusions: When men, as partners of women with PPCM, get adequate information of their partner´s condition, they gain a sense of security and control that gives them strength to handle their personal and emotional life-situation during the transition of becoming a father, along with taking care of an ill partner with PPCM. Hence, maternity professionals should also focus on fathers’ particular needs to help them fulfil their roles. Further research is urgently required in this area.

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