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Stuck inside a hall of mirrors: facets of mum guilt on the SCBU.

Collum, Rachel (2021) Stuck inside a hall of mirrors: facets of mum guilt on the SCBU. Infant, 17 (6). pp. 257-260. ISSN 1745-1205

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This paper provides a parent perspective of guilt on the special care baby unit (SCBU) through
the voice of a mother of a premature baby, Arthur, born at 29+1 weeks’ gestation. The focus of
this piece is on the experience of having a ‘healthy’ preterm baby (defined by a stable condition
and no complex medical or intervention needs) and what ‘guilt’ looks like from this view. There is
an urgent need for future research to work more with fathers and the wider family to examine
their roles better. The paper will incorporate evidence from previous literature to delineate facets
of guilt and how an understanding of this can help clinicians to better support the individual
needs of families. Recommendations will be made for how a knowledge of parent guilt could
shape practice on the neonatal intensive care unit.

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Depositing User: Rachel Collum


Item ID: 14228
ISSN: 1745-1205
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Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2021 16:03
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 08:48


Author: Rachel Collum ORCID iD

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Psychology


Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Psychology > Psychology

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