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Women's relationships with their own mothers in the early motherhood period

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by L Sheeran, L Jones, Anthony Welch
Aim: The aim of this paper is to explore women's experiences of their relationship with their own mother in the early motherhood period. Method: Van Manen's phenomenological approach was used for this research. Thirteen healthy first time expectant mothers were recruited in the antenatal period between 28 - 34 weeks gestation through antenatal clinics and classes. Women were invited to participate in depth interviews held at three key periods (late pregnancy, 2 weeks and 8 weeks after birth). Interviews were 45 - 60 minutes long, audio recorded, and transcribed verbatim prior to being analysed. Findings: A key adult relationships that emerged as being important for the participants during the early motherhood period was their relationship with their own mother. Participants' mothers were often very supportive but tensions occurred when participants' mothers were not available or perceived as intrusive. Conclusion: New motherhood involves significant transitions for first time mothers. It is recommended that health agencies such as midwifery and maternal and child health services include significant discussion about communication, relationships and planned support at home in their education and care interventions.

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Volume

3

Issue

1

Start Page

26

End Page

32

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

2333-603X

ISSN

2333-6021

Location

United States

Publisher

American Research Institute for Policy Development

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International journal of gender and women's studies.

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