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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2009;15(2):140-149.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2009.15.2.140   
Phenomenological Study on Experience of Preterm Labor
Khyung Hee Ryu, Hye Sook Shin
College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University, Korea. suksh@khu.ac.kr
Abstract
PURPOSE
The purposes of this phenomenological study were to explore the experience of preterm labor.
METHODS
The participants were 7 women admitted to two obstetric hospitals in Kyunggi-do Province with preterm labor. Data was collected with MP3 records through individual in-depth interviews and participated observation. The data was analyzed by Giorgi(1985) method.
RESULTS
The results were divided into six categories as follows: 1) Inappropriate coping: unexpected event, overwork, lack of insight of preterm labor, 2) Burn out: multiple role, burden, role conflict. 3) Restrictions of lifestyle: uncomfortable hospital environment, wearisomeness, limitations of personal hygiene, 4) Physical discomfort: headache, flush, tremor, palpitations, 5) Psychological distress : concerns about fetus health status, fear of possible preterm delivery, lack of information, financial worries, 6) A transition to new lifestyle: share of household chores, communication with self-help group, careful lifestyle.
CONCLUSION
The findings of this study will offer a better understanding of women's preterm labor experiences and suggest clues to nurses on how to improve the care they provide.
Key Words: Preterm labor; Experience


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