Midwifery: a profession in transition

Lane, Karen 2002, Midwifery: a profession in transition, Australian journal of midwifery, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 26-31, doi: 10.1016/S1445-4386(02)80020-9.

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Title Midwifery: a profession in transition
Author(s) Lane, Karen
Journal name Australian journal of midwifery
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 26
End page 31
Publisher Elsevier Inc.
Place of publication Adelaide, S. Aust.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1445-4386
Summary This paper presents the findings of a pilot study carried out in one regional center in Queensland, Australia. The study aimed to develop a snapshot image of teenage mothers. Of the thirty mothers who participated; just over half (16/30; 53%) reported using contraceptives, less than a third (8/30; 27%) used condoms to protect themselves from STDs and the majority (23/30; 77%) said their pregnancy was unplanned. Despite this, 16 (53%) attended prenatal classes, 16 (53%) breast-fed their infants and 27 (90%) were satisfied with motherhood. On average the fathers were almost four years older than the mother were (range 17 to 29 years), most fathers (23/30; 77%) were not teenagers themselves and only 11 (37%) were resident fathers following the birth of the baby. Exploratory analysis suggests that the fathers were significantly older than the teenage mothers were (t=−6.73, df 29, p=0.0001). Although these preliminary results are similar to those reported in the American literature further research is needed to confirm if the findings presented are representative of teenage mothers in Australia. While we await the results of future studies, practitioners are encouraged to continue to educate young women about appropriate and safer sexual practices.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1445-4386(02)80020-9
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Australian College of Midwives Inc.
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