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Phenomena of Neonatology Open Access
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University of Alberta
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van Manen, Michael A
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Byrne, Paul (Paediatrics)
Austin, Wendy (Nursing)
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Cheung, Po-Yin (Paediatrics)
Cameron, Brenda (Nursing)
Brett-MacLean, Pamela (Medicine)
Seamon, David (Architecture)
Adams, Catherine (Secondary Education)
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Doctor of Philosophy
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PURPOSE AND PROBLEM: Neonatology, the study of the newborn, marks the moment when the infant enters the world and encounters the parent. As the branch of medicine concerned with caring for this new child, neonatology facilitates the process of receiving the child. It is after the delivery, the birth, that the newborn becomes a child, a relational being with a parent. With this moment, the newborn does not just enter the pre-existing world of the culture; the newborn is the originator of the social, the family.
Some infants are not simply received by their parents. Their birth is complicated by prematurity or medical problems prompting admission to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The NICU is a techno-medical place equipped with technologies and personnel such that the parents may rarely find themselves situated in relation just with their child. How does such a parent experience his or her child? How do the techno-medical aspects mediate the relation? And consequently, what is the meaning of the ethical decisions that unfold? This study aims to gain insight into these experiences by considering the ethical encounter of the parent with the newborn child in the NICU.
METHODOLOGY AND METHODS: The project is situated within a qualitative methodology, phenomenology of practice. This is a context-sensitive form of interpretive inquiry blending philosophical, human science, and philological methods. The aim is to identify and explore eidetic meaning aspects of the phenomenon of neonatology in text. Source experiential material was gathered by observation and interview of parents of children admitted to NICUs.
SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY: The parental experience of encountering the newborn child in the NICU is a particularly consequential and overlooked area of study. The research papers of this study aim to facilitate knowledge translation by striving to develop insightful understanding in the people involved in this phenomenon. In other words, through presenting thematic events, evocative anecdotes, and reflective texts, the professional or lay reader may become more attuned to the ethical experiences that parents may encounter as their children require care in a NICU.
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Van Manen, M. (in press). The medium, the message, and the massage of the neonatal monitor screen. In: Van Den Eede, Y., Bauwens, J., Beyl, J., Van den Bossche, M., & Verstrynge, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of ‘McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media’ – Centennial Conference / Contact Forum, 26-28 October 2011. Brussels, BE: Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.Van Manen, M. (2012). Technics of touch in the neonatal intensive care. Medical Humanities, 38(2), 91-96. doi:10.1136/medhum-2012-010204Van Manen, M. (2012). Ethical responsivity and pediatric parental pedagogy. Phenomenology & Practice, 6(1), 5-17. Retrieved from http://www.phandpr.org/index.php/pandp/article/view/100Van
Manen, M. (2012). Carrying: Parental experience of the hospital transfer of their baby. Qualitative Health Research, 22(2), 199-211. doi:10.1177/1049732311420447
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