Perception of mothers when visiting their child in the neonatal unit for the first time

Percepción de las madres en visita a su hijo en la unidad neonatal por la primera vez

Flávia da Veiga Ued Maria Paula Custódio Silva Isabela Lacerda Rodrigues da Cunha Mariana Torreglosa Ruiz Jesislei Bonolo do Amaral Divanice Contim About the authors



to identify feelings, experiences and expectations of the mothers during the first visit to the child hospitalized in a Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit of a teaching hospital in the interior of the state of Minas Gerais.


qualitative research conducted between November 2016 and April 2017, with 24 mothers during a first visit to their children in the intermediate care unit. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews, transcribed and submitted to Content Analysis.


from the analysis emerged three thematic categories: feelings that precede the first visit, the experience of the first visit, feelings experienced during the first visit.

Conclusion and implications for practice:

the participants demonstrated that the first visit to their children can bring positive feelings and negative experiences. Strategies to minimize fears and clarify doubts favor the realization of motherhood.

Infant, newborn; Nurseries; Mother-Child Relations; Emotions

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