Journal of Womens Health, Issues and CareISSN: 2325-9795

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Research Article, J Womens Health Issues Care Vol: 6 Issue: 4

To Contain the Suffering of Keeping the Baby Gestation: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Women with Hospitalized Tocolysis

Shu-He Huang1, Alan Barnard2, Kai-Wei Katherine Wang3, Shuh-Jen Sheu1 and Hsien-Hsien Chiang1*

1School of Nursing, National Yang-Ming University, 155, Li-Nong St. Sec.2., Peitou, Taipei, 11221, Taiwan

2School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, 2, George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

3Department of Nursing, Mackay Medical College, Jhong-Jheng Road, Sanzhi, New Taipei City 252, Taiwan

*Corresponding Author : Hsien-Hsien Chiang
School of Nursing, National Yang- Ming University, 155, Li-Nong St. Sec.2., Peitou, Taipei, 11221 Taiwan

Received: August 01, 2017 Accepted: August 16, 2017 Published: August 21, 2017

Citation: Huang SH, Barnard A, Wang KWK, Sheu SJ, Chiang HH (2017) To Contain the Suffering of Keeping the Baby Gestation: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Women with Hospitalized Tocolysis. J Womens Health, Issues Care 6:4. doi: 10.4172/2325-9795.1000276


Background: Modern medical care for women with highrisk pregnancy to prevent preterm birth is termed hospitalized tocolysis. The medical care and clinical treatments include tocolytic administration, uterine contractions monitoring and restricted bed rest to prolong gestation and prevent premature birth.
Methods: The aim of this study was to explore the lived experiences of Taiwanese women who underwent hospitalized tocolysis, the suffering they endured and their coping strategies within the context of modern medical technology. This research adopted an interpretive phenomenology research design and used in-depth interviews to gain narrative information from ten women who had undergone hospitalized tocolysis in a teaching hospital in the Taipei area.
Major findings: Three major themes were identified: suffering associated with hospitalized tocolysis, self-directed actions of tocolysis, and self-soothing to relieve their suffering. Conclusions: The women with high-risk pregnancy and hospitalized tocolysis likely experienced the body as an object who underwent the surveillance and control of a modern medical system, they showed the perseverance of being a mother and then they developed self-care techniques to keep themselves and their unborn babies well.

Keywords: Tocolysis; High-risk pregnancy; Preterm labor; Prenatal care; Suffering; Perseverance; Self-Care

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