Learning about baby : what new mothers would like to know

Barnes, Margaret, Pratt, Jan D., Finlayson, Kathleen J., Courtney, Mary D., Pitt, Barbara, & Knight, Cheryl (2008) Learning about baby : what new mothers would like to know. Journal of Perinatal Education, 17(3), pp. 33-41.

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As part of a larger research project to evaluate a new model of care for first-time mothers in a community health-care setting, this study aimed to identify the preparation and information needs of first-time mothers. All first-time mothers attending a selection of community child health centers in Brisbane, Australia, who presented with no overt risk factors and with a thriving child, were invited to participate in the study. Three months after mothers entered the service, data were collected via telephone survey (N=151). In addition, focus group interviews were conducted 7--9 months following entry to the service (n=8). Participants reported seeking information from a variety of sources during pregnancy. Few participants felt well prepared for managing either the physical or emotional experience of early mothering or the essential maternal and child health issues and common problems in the early months. Findings suggest that current approaches to care and education may not meet the needs of first-time mothers. Different approaches are suggested to enhance women's maternal competence during the first few months of becoming a new mother.

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ID Code: 17397
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Breastfeeding, Child health, Child health services, First-time mothers, Parenting education
DOI: 10.1624/105812408X329584
ISSN: 1058-1243
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2009 04:47
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:44

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