Young mothers’ lived experiences prior to becoming pregnant in rural Victoria : a phenomenological study

Roberts, Sarah, Graham, Melissa and Barter-Godfrey, Sarah 2011, Young mothers’ lived experiences prior to becoming pregnant in rural Victoria : a phenomenological study, Australian journal of rural health, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 312-317, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01228.x.

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Title Young mothers’ lived experiences prior to becoming pregnant in rural Victoria : a phenomenological study
Author(s) Roberts, Sarah
Graham, MelissaORCID iD for Graham, Melissa
Barter-Godfrey, Sarah
Journal name Australian journal of rural health
Volume number 19
Issue number 6
Start page 312
End page 317
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Asia
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 1038-5282
Keyword(s) adolescent mother
lived experience
prior to pregnancy
rural women
Summary Objective: To explore the lived experiences and social context prior to becoming pregnant, of women who became mothers during adolescence in rural Victoria.
Design: Qualitative interpretive phenomenological study using semistructured interviews.
Setting: Rural community in North East Victoria, Australia.
Participants: Four rural women who gave birth to a child between the ages of 15 and 19.
Results: Five themes emerged from the data as being essential to the participants’ experiences prior to pregnancy. These included feeling isolated; life change: transition into adulthood; support and understanding in sexual relationships; feeling dissatisfied; and overcoming adversity. Participants’ provided practical recommendations to improve life for young people in rural areas through reflecting on their own experiences.
Conclusion: These findings highlight the complex nature of rural young women’s experiences leading up to pregnancy and suggest that early motherhood might be largely reflective of the social environment in which one lives prior to pregnancy. Providing somewhere safe to go, organised and appropriate social activities and increasing access to health services were identified as being pertinent to improving experiences for rural young people prior to pregnancy. Health professionals should consider the importance of supporting young women through non-judgemental, approachable and accessible services.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01228.x
Field of Research 111404 Reproduction
Socio Economic Objective 920506 Rural Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell Asia
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