Suffering of the Mothers with Low Birth Weight Infants Hospitalized Suffering of the Mothers with Low Birth Weight Infants Hospitalized in Sick Newborn Care Unit

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ณัชนันท์ ชีวานนท์ จินตนา วัชรสินธุ์ พีระภาพ คำแพง


This qualitative research study aimed to explore the suffering of mothers who gave birth to low birth weight infants. The participants consisted of 24 mothers with low birth weight infants who were hospitalized in newborn care units at regional public hospitals in Eastern Thailand. An in-depth interview with open-ended questions was used to collect data. Qualitative content analysis was conducted for data analysis. The findings revealed 5 themes of mother’s suffering including, 1) mother’s suffering characteristics: anxiety/stress, sadness, sleeplessness, and no appetite; 2) causes of mothers’ suffering: fear of complications and death of infants; 3) factors affecting mothers’ suffering: the health condition of infants, and family support, 4) the means to reduce suffering: creating hope, making merit, praying, and accepting the infant’s condition; and 5) outcomes of reducing suffering: living with suffering, reduced suffering, and having hope. The findings enhance understanding about mother’s suffering. Nurses or other health care providers could develop nursing interventions for reducing suffering based on these findings.


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ชีวานนท์ณ, วัชรสินธุ์จ, คำแพงพ. Suffering of the Mothers with Low Birth Weight Infants Hospitalized. Nursing Journal of The Ministry of Public Health [Internet]. 31Aug.2019 [cited 10Dec.2019];29(2):102-15. Available from:


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