"Unexpected event": Having an infants with cleft lip and/or palate
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CitationÇınar, S., Ay, A., Boztepe, H., & Gürlen, E. (2020). “Unexpected event”: Having an infants with cleft lip and/or palate. Congenital Anomalies.
This study aimed to determine the difficulties that the mothers of infants with a cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) go through, the problems they encounter in this process, and how they perceive the support of healthcare professionals, families, and friends. The study used a phenomenological approach from qualitative research methods. The study sample included 18 mothers of 0 to 3-month-old infants with CL/P. The data were collected using socio-demographic information form and semi-structured interview form. The data obtained from the interviews were evaluated using content and thematic analysis approaches. On the basis of the interviews conducted with mothers of infants with CL/P, the following themes emerged: (a) “unexpected event: having an infant with CL/P,” (b) “using social media,” (c) “stigma,” and (d) “uncertainty of long-term treatment.” In this study, it was determined that mothers experienced shock, confusion, sadness, and disappointment in this process; therefore, they used social media to seek support from the families as well as conducted research on the disease that involved a lot of uncertainty due to long-term treatments. The present study can help healthcare professionals, who play a role in the care and treatment of infants with CL/P, to understand and know what mothers need in the preoperative period.