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Authors

  1. Cleveland, Lisa M. MN, RN, CPNP, IBCLC

Abstract

Background: Most parents would agree that the admission of an infant to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is stressful. Existing research is focused on white mothers, with little known about the experiences of Spanish-speaking, Mexican American mothers who have an infant in the NICU.

 

Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative case study was to describe the experiences of a Spanish-speaking, Mexican American mother whose infant had been in the NICU.

 

Methods: Qualitative description was used to conduct this study. One Spanish-speaking, Mexican American mother who had an infant in the NICU was recruited through purposive sampling. An in-depth interview was conducted, audio-recorded, and transcribed verbatim. Conventional content analysis was used to analyze the data.

 

Findings: Analysis of the data revealed that the experience of a Spanish-speaking, Mexican American mother who had an infant in the NICU was one of uncertainty, involvement, trust, and anticipating discrimination.