Support Needs of Expectant Mothers and Fathers: a Qulitative Study
2012 (English)In: The Journal of Perinatal Education, ISSN 1058-1243, Vol. 21, no 1, 36-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim was to describe expectant mothers’ and fathers’ perceived needs of support during pregnancy. Twenty-two women and 10 men were interviewed in four focus groups and 13 individual interviews. Systematic text condensation was performed. Parents described a broad spectrum of social support needs but also needs of psychological and physical support. They also requested to share experiences with others. The foci of care and parents’ needs of support are more harmonized with medical than with psychological and emotional support. Mother’s needs were dominant in the health-services but father’s often felt “invisible”. Antenatal-services might offer more customized individual support and emphasize peer support in groups; the challenge is to involve both parents through communication and encouragement so they can support each other.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 21, no 1, 36-44 p.
fathers, mothers, midwifery, support needs
Research subject Caring Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-155047DOI: 10.1891/1058-1243.21.1.36PubMedID: 23277729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-155047DiVA: diva2:423513