Re-claiming or re-shaping fatherhood

Maher, JaneMaree; Souter, Kay
April 2006
Health Sociology Review;Apr2006, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p104
Academic Journal
There is a substantial amount of investigation of women's experience of giving birth in Australia, and a developing understanding of women's experiences of their own health in the postpartum period and their use of health services. This article reports on a preliminary study investigating women's post-birth health experiences. The study involved focus groups with thirty-two women involved in maternal and child health care groups. We found that all women reported minor health complications, but that these health problems were often not addressed due to the pressures of new motherhood. Women indicated that maternal and child health nurses and other women were important sources of information and assistance in the management of these health problems.


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