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Universidad y Salud

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ACOSTA-ROMO, María Fernanda; CABRERA-BRAVO, Nancy; BASANTE-CASTRO, Yudy  and  JURADO, Daniel. Feelings experienced by parents when their premature children are hospitalized. A contribution to the humanized care. Univ. Salud [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.1, pp.17-25. ISSN 0124-7107.


To understand the meaning of the experiences felt by parents of premature children who are hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in the city of Pasto, Nariño, taking into account the phenomenological theory of Edmund Husserl.

Materials and methods:

In order to understand these experiences, a qualitative phenomenological study was carried out with eight parents in a range of age between 17 and 35.


The investigative process identified five categories, which emerged from the process of codification or nomothetic analysis of the speeches convergences. Two of these categories were considered for this article: Feelings and affective bond as an expression of parental love and process of interaction with the health staff.


The parents of children in hospital were not prepared for the birth of a premature baby, so they experienced feelings of sadness, anxiety, self-criticism and fear, altering the affective bond between parents and children.

Keywords : Neonatal intensive care; feelings; parents; preterm newborn baby.

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