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Type: Journal article
Title: Insights from Australian parents into educational experiences in the early postnatal period
Author: McKellar, L.
Pincombe, J.
Henderson, A.
Citation: Midwifery, 2006; 22(4):356-364
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 0266-6138
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Lois V. McKellar, Jan I. Pincombe and Ann M. Henderson
Abstract: Objective to investigate the provision of parent education during the early postnatal period in order to gain insight that, through stakeholder collaboration, will contribute to the development of innovative strategies to enhance the provision of postnatal education in a contemporary health-care environment. Design the study comprises the first stage of an action-research project. The first stage of research sought to explore the experiences of mothers and fathers in the early postnatal period by conducting a questionnaire within 4 weeks of the birth of their baby. The data obtained from the questionnaire is to inform an action-research group for stage two of the project. Setting The Children, Youth and Women's Health Service, a large city maternity hospital in South Australia, covering a range of socio-economic strata. Participants 85 parents completed and returned the questionnaire, comprising 52 mothers and 33 fathers. Measurement an anonymous self-report questionnaire was purpose designed to provide each parent with an opportunity to reflect on their own experience, with particular emphasis given to the provision of education and support during the early postnatal period. Findings a number of themes emerged, including a window of opportunity during the postnatal hospital stay to provide education and support, despite the reduction in the length of stay; the need for a family-centred approach to maternity services; and the significance of self and social network in the early transition to parenthood. Conclusions The findings from this stage of the research, combined with a review of the literature, provide insight that will contribute to stage two of the study. At this stage, an action-research group will continue planning to develop specific actions to enhance the provision of education to parents in the early postnatal period. These actions will subsequently be implemented and assessed.
Keywords: Action research; Fathers; Postnatal education; Transition
RMID: 0020081176
DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2005.09.004
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