Date of Award
Master of Nursing MNurs
Faculty of Nursing and Health
Dr. Alan Gibbons
This paper explores the effectiveness of coping strategies used by women in early motherhood. The purpose of the study and Swanson's Theory of Caring were used as a framework to organize the data analyzed. The qualitative research literature reviewed particularly, provided insights into the empowerment of women for transition to motherhood. Three themes evolved from current literature. These were: antenatal education, losses and failing. Women-generated solutions were elicited from the literature. These suggested recommendations were in terms of:
- antenatal education
- antenatal education being user friendly
- antenatal education being relevant to counteract feelings of failure.
This treatise recommends philosophical and practical changes to antenatal education.
Johnstone, Christine Marie, "The Facilitation of Effective Coping Strategies Used by Women in Early Motherhood - Implications for Antenatal Education" (1999). Theses Masters Coursework. 20.