Losing one twin in the NICU - A case study of parental experience

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  • Hanne Aagaard
  • Ida Storm, Center for Childhood Life, Denmark
  • Jeannett Klitgaard, Aarhus University, Denmark
The aim of this case study was to generate a deeper understanding of
parents’ experiences of losing one twin in the NICU.
In an in-depth interview the parents told their story of giving birth to twins born
extremely preterm and shortly after losing one of them.
A thematic analysis was conducted and revealed tree overall themes. These
themes indicate that besides struggling with grief related to the loss of one infant,
the parents were challenged by the medical discourse, the lack of staff continuity
and space to develop parenthood. This case study emphasizes how the loss of a premature
twin reinforced the parents’ need of an understandable dialogue with a
team of nurses. Furthermore the nurses have to offer a close partnership and
create the necessary space for parents to develop parenthood while simultaneously
dealing with the unexpected and traumatising circumstances related to the loss of
an infant.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Neonatal Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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