Exploration of the experiences of young mothers seeking and accessing health services

Robb, Y, McInery, D and Hollins-Martin, CJ 2013, 'Exploration of the experiences of young mothers seeking and accessing health services' , Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31 (4) , pp. 399-412.

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Objective: The objective was to explore young mothers’ experiences of seeking and accessing health services, specifically maternity care. Study design: A phenomenological approach underpinned by the work of Husserl and guided by the framework offered by Giorgi. Participants: A purposive sample of seven young mothers took part in audio-recorded unstructured interviews in either the young mother’s home or in a private room at their GP practice. Findings: Six themes emerged from the initial thematic analysis: (1) feeling abandoned, (2)information is vital, (3) feeling judged, (4) family and friends, (5)interference, (6) younger mothers need additional support. After ‘bracketing’ the preconceptions evident in the initial analysis, essential themes describing the young mothers’ experience of accessing healthcare were identified: (1) the need for support and information; (2) fear of stigmatisation and stigmatisation of self. Conclusions: The young mothers in this study experienced a need for support and information, which reflects the findings of previous studies. This study has added to the knowledge base as it also found that these young mothers were hindered from obtaining or making use of available support and information through fear or expectation of stigmatisation and self-stigmatisation. There is a need to improve availability of support and information for young mothers, who may benefit from one-to-one education to help them gain confidence to deal with pregnancy and parenthood issues. Further research on young mothers’perceptions of maternity service provision will advance understanding of young mothers’ help and support needs during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0264-6838
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: CJ Hollins Martin
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2013 00:07
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 15:16
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/30669

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