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Heinonen, Kristiina; Häggman-Laitila, Arja; Moilanen, Irma; Pietilä, Anna-Maija (2016) The lifeworld of multiple-birth families. International Journal of Caring Sciences 9(3): 754 -769.

The lifeworld of multiple-birth families

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Author: Heinonen, Kristiina1,2; Häggman-Laitila, Arja3,4; Moilanen, Irma5,6;
Organizations: 1Savo Vocational College, Kuopio, Finland
2Nursing Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
3University of Eastern Finland, Department of Nursing Science, Kuopio, Finland
4City of Helsinki, Department of Social Services and Health Care
5PEDEGO Research Unit, Child Psychiatry, University of Oulu
6Clinic of Child Psychiatry, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
7Kuopio Social and Health Care Services, Kuopio
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Language: English
Published: Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, 2016
Publish Date: 2018-01-30


Background: A multiple-birth family is one that is expecting or has same-age children, such as twins, triplets, or more. Being a parent of such families is different than other families.

Methods: The hermeneutic phenomenological research approach and van Manen’s method were employed in this research. The data consists of parents’ open-form interviews conducted with nineteen parents of twins less than five years old, the documents that they submitted in writing thereafter, and researcher’s notes.

Results: Three essential core themes characterize a multiple-birth parent lifeworld: “a state of constant vigilance”, “ensuring that they can continue to cope”, and “opportunities to share with other people”.

Conclusions: Modalities enable us to view the lifeworld of these families and their need for different kinds of support and information from social and health care professionals. It is important for professionals to broaden their understanding and to have concrete contact with the lived experience to see things just as parents experience them. Family care nursing with multiple-birth families should be strengthened by evidence-based research.

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Series: International journal of caring sciences
ISSN: 1791-5201
ISSN-E: 1792-037X
ISSN-L: 1791-5201
Volume: 9
Issue: 3
Pages: 754 - 769
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
Copyright information: © 2016 The Authors. OPEN ACCESS LICENCE, With this license readers can share, distribute, download, even commercially, as long as the original source is properly cited. CC-BY.