Processing the first birth: Journeying into 'motherland'

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dc.contributor.author Dahlen, HG
dc.contributor.author Barclay, LM
dc.contributor.author Homer, CS
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-07T06:24:27Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2010, 19 (13-14), pp. 1977 - 1985
dc.identifier.issn 0962-1067
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/13754
dc.description.abstract Aims and objectives: To explore first-time mothers' experiences of birth at home and in hospital in Australia. Background: The first birth has unique physical and psychological impacts on women. With the first birth, women become mothers. Design: A grounded theory methodology was used. Data were generated from in-depth interviews with women in their own homes. Methods: Nineteen women were interviewed in Sydney, Australia. The experiences of seven women who gave birth for the first time in a public hospital and seven women who gave birth for the first time at home were contrasted with two mothers who gave birth for the first time in birth centres, one mother who gave birth for the first time in a private hospital and two women who had given birth more than once. Results: Following the birth, women 'processed the birth' by 'remembering', 'talking (storytelling)' and 'feeling'. This activity appeared to help most women resolve their feelings about the birth and understand what it actually means to be a new mother. 'Personal and social integration' occurred for most women as they entered 'motherland'. Conclusion: First-time mothers appear to 'process the birth' to a greater extent than multiparous women because they are experiencing this for the first time. These women also have limited social networks in 'motherland', and these are facilitated through sharing the experiences of their labour or 'processing the birth'. Relevance to clinical practice: Identifying the novice status of first-time mothers and understanding the way they process the birth can help health providers to be sensitive to the specific needs of primiparous women. In particular, their need to tell their birth stories following birth; understanding that these stories help women to process the birth and connect to other women. © 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03089.x
dc.title Processing the first birth: Journeying into 'motherland'
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Journal of Clinical Nursing
dc.journal.volume 13-14
dc.journal.volume 19
dc.journal.number 13-14 en_US
dc.publocation Malden en_US
dc.publocation USA
dc.identifier.startpage 1977 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 1985 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.conference IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation
dc.for 1110 Nursing
dc.personcode 100816
dc.personcode 044710
dc.personcode 995146
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Nursing en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.date.activity 2010-07-18
dc.location.activity ISI:000278802400026 en_US
dc.location.activity Barcelona, Spain
dc.description.keywords Australia
dc.description.keywords Birth
dc.description.keywords Midwifery
dc.description.keywords Nurses
dc.description.keywords Nursing
dc.description.keywords Primigravida
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Health
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Health Services and Practice Research
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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