Date of Award

12-1999

Embargo Period

12-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Nursing MNurs

Faculty

Faculty of Nursing and Health

First Advisor

Dr. Alan Gibbons

Abstract

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.

Comments

Used by permission: the author

Staff and Students of Avondale may access this thesis from Avondale College Library (SC 618.6 JOH).

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