Childbearing through the Lens of Women with Minor Thalassemia: A Qualitative Study

Sarayloo Khadijeh, Zahra Behboodi Moghadam, Najmabadi Mirzaii Khadijeh*, Sharon Millen, Saffari Mohsen

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Background: It is essential to provide key information and support to every woman regarding pregnancy and childbirth to enable all women
to make a fully informed decision regarding their choice to reproduce. Of particular importance; however, is that women who suffer from a
specific condition that increases risks associated with reproduction, to receive specific information regarding such risks and health
complications regarding pregnancy and childbirth. This study aims to explore the feelings, experiences, and needs of women with minor
thalassemia in relation to childbearing. Materials and Methods: This sample comprised of 12 Iranian women with minor thalassemia who
attended to local health centers in Minudasht, Golestan province, from October 2017 to January 2018. The purposeful sampling technique was
employed. The data were collected through deep semi-structured interviews, analyzed using conventional content analysis and processed by
using the Graneheim and Lundman method. Results: The findings were based on the participants’ experiences of pregnancy and fertility.
Three major themes emerged; ‘Emotional and Physical Experience,’ ‘Satisfaction’ and ‘Social and Cultural Issues.’ The most common
problem identified was the impact of emotional problems and difficulties regarding the negative implications of thalassemia on reproduction as
well as the views and perceptions of family members and those within the community. Conclusion: From the findings, it is evident that
thalassemia imposes a heavy psychosocial burden on those women who suffer from the condition. Local health centers in areas most affected
by thalassemia would be considered the most suitable venues to introduce key health educational interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1429
Pages (from-to)e1429
Number of pages10
JournalGalen Medical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2019


  • Thalassemia; Pregnancy; Qualitative Research; Iran

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