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Supporting the transition to parenthood: development of a group health-promoting programme

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posted on 2018-06-06, 00:00 authored by M Buultjens, G Murphy, J Milgrom, Ann TaketAnn Taket, D Poinen
Background Many Western countries have a strong record of obstetric safety; however, there are disparities in other indicators (such as morbidity) and best-practice outcomes, including breastfeeding rates and perinatal depression. Aims To pilot a multifaceted psycho-educational group programme for first-time parents. Methods This alternate-allocation study compared an intervention programme (n=10) and a comparison group (n=8) who received routine care with the addition of a weekly telephone call. Findings There were distinct differences between groups at followup, with the intervention group reporting lower depression scores and exclusive breastfeeding. Trends included positive adjustment to parenthood, perceived parenting competence and increased motherinfant attachment. Conclusion The intervention demonstrated benefits including learning opportunities, skills training and increased social capital.

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Journal

British journal of midwifery

Volume

26

Pagination

387-397

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0969-4900

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2018 MA Healthcare Ltd.

Issue

6

Publisher

Mark Allen Group

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