Needle Phobia During Pregnancy

Authors

  • Kimberly Searing,

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    1. Kimberly Searing, MSN, WHNP, is a faculty specialist II in the School of Nursing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
      Address for correspondence: Kimberly Searing, MSN, Department of Nursing, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5435. E-mail: kimberly.searing@wmich.edu.
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  • Mary Baukus,

    1. Mary Baukus, MA, MS, RN, is a faculty specialist II in the School of Nursing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
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  • Mary Ann Stark,

    1. Mary Ann Stark, PhD, RNC, is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
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  • Karen H. Morin,

    1. Karen H. Morin, DNS, RN, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing at Kalamazoo.
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  • Barb Rudell

    1. Barb Rudell, CNM, MS, is a midwife at Shoreline Women’s Health in South Haven, Michigan.
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Address for correspondence: Kimberly Searing, MSN, Department of Nursing, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5435. E-mail: kimberly.searing@wmich.edu.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to understand the experience of a pregnant woman with needle phobia and examine its impact on her antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum experience. A case study format was employed. A 21-year-old primiparous woman with diagnosed needle phobia was interviewed, and her prenatal and delivery records were reviewed. Three tasks during pregnancy were identified: seeking trusting relationships with health care providers; establishing and maintaining control and understanding; and coping with fear of needles, pain, and invasion. As frequent caregivers during childbearing, nurses with an understanding of needle phobia can help to establish trusting relationships with women with this phobia and support them and their families during childbearing and their encounters with needles. JOGNN, 35, 592-598; 2006. DOI: 10.1111/J.1552-6909.2006.00076.x

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