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    ‘Welcome to the World’: parents' experiences of an antenatal nurturing programme

    Wadephul, Franziska and Jones, Catriona and Jomeen, Julie (2019) ‘Welcome to the World’: parents' experiences of an antenatal nurturing programme. British Journal of Midwifery, 27 (6). pp. 353-361. ISSN 0969-4900

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    Background: The transition to parenthood is a time of increased vulnerability and lays the foundations for the parent-infant relationship. It can therefore be a suitable time for interventions to increase parents’ emotional well-being and support couple relationships and the relationship with the baby. Aims: This study aims to explore the experiences of attendees at an antenatal nurturing programme and its impact on their experiences of the early postnatal period. Methods: Thirty-six attendees took part in six focus groups across the UK. Findings: Participants experienced the programme as very positive; it provided knowledge and skills and gave participants a safe space in which to explore feelings and concerns. The programme encouraged participants to nurture themselves, as well as their babies and their relationships. Some groups formed strong support networks, while others did not. Conclusion: Participants felt they had benefitted from the programme, particularly in terms of their emotional wellbeing and relationships.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Midwifery, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and publishedwork see Cite as: ‘Welcome to the World’: parents' experiences of an antenatal nurturing programme Franziska Wadephul, Catriona Jones, and Julie Jomeen British Journal of Midwifery 2019 27:6, 353-361
    Keywords: parents' experiences; antenatal nurturing programme; emotional wellbeing; relationships;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 15392
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    Depositing User: Franziska Wadephul
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2022 16:31
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
    Publisher: MA Healthcare
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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