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Exploring beliefs and expectations about motherhood in Bulgarian mothers: A qualitative study.
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PMID:  22341091     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: to provide a methodologically robust and in-depth exploration of maternal expectations and beliefs in a non-clinical sample of Bulgarian mothers who described their ideas about motherhood postnatally. DESIGN: qualitative study using face to face interviews for data collection. SETTING: the cities of Sofia and Varna, Bulgaria. PARTICIPANTS: 10 women, 7 primiparae and 3 multipara, aged 28-32 years, who gave birth within the last 18 months. METHODS: interviews were carried out using a semi-structured schedule. Discussions were audio-recorded with participants' consent, translated and transcribed. Thematic analysis was used under the contextualist theoretical framework. FINDINGS: four general themes of women's expectations about motherhood were identified, concerning expectations of motherhood, parenting self-confidence, beliefs about the mother-infant dyad and anticipated social support. Findings suggest that there was a substantial discrepancy between expectations and the reality of motherhood, for primiparae and multipara mothers. Unrealistic expectations about motherhood were related to a more difficult postnatal adjustment, lowered self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy. KEY CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: the way in which women view themselves as mothers during pregnancy can have a significant impact on their emotional well-being following birth. The implications of these findings are discussed with particular reference to promoting a successful adjustment to motherhood through appropriate antenatal care, focussing on maternal expectations about their new role.
Aleksandra Staneva; Anja Wittkowski
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-15
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Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-3099     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8510930     Medline TA:  Midwifery     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Division of Clinical Psychology, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, 2nd Floor Zochonis Building, Brunswick Street, Manchester M13 9PL, United Kingdom.
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