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The Mothering Experiences of Women With Substance Use Disorders

Cleveland, Lisa M. PhD, APRN, PNP-BC, IBCLC; Bonugli, Rebecca J. PhD, RN, APRN, PMHCNS; McGlothen, Kelly S. BSN, RN, IBCLC, CIMI

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000118
Women & Girls
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The aim of this qualitative study was to describe the mothering experiences of women with substance use disorders. We conducted semistructured, individual interviews with 15 mothers. Using thematic analysis, 5 themes were identified: (1) facing the reality of a pregnancy complicated by substance use, trauma, and loss, (2) finding a higher meaning, (3) dealing with the consequences, (4) managing the details of daily life, and (5) looking toward a future with my children. Moreover, the women described entering motherhood with uncertainty, fear, shame, and stress. We hope that these findings will lead to more compassionate nursing care for this population.

Department of Family and Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Correspondence: Lisa M. Cleveland, PhD, APRN, PNP-BC, IBCLC, Department of Family and Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Dr, San Antonio, TX 78229 (clevelandl@uthscsa.edu).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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