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Qualitative study—other
Organisation of postnatal care affects parents’ confidence and security following hospital discharge at 72 h or less
  1. Jenny Mcleish
  1. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Ms Jenny Mcleish, Policy Research Unit in Maternal Health and Care, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford OX1 2JD, UK; jenny.mcleish{at}npeu.ox.ac.uk

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Implications for practice and research

  • The way health professionals support parents can affect parents' feelings of security and confidence in their role following early discharge.

  • Health professionals need to do more to enable fathers to feel included in hospital.

  • Future research could explore whether parents' experiences differ according to parity, cultural background or family structure.

Context

In many Western countries the period of hospitalisation after birth is now 72 h or less, and the risks and benefits of this ‘early’ discharge have been debated.1 Becoming a parent is a time of significant social and emotional change and many new parents experience a lack of confidence in the early days after …

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