Understanding and improving relational aspects between families and healthcare providers after childbirth
|Professeure Antje Horsch
|Professeure Anne-Sylvie Ramelet
|Résumé de la thèse
Childbirth and transition to parenthood is a challenging time, especially for first-time
parents. During the early postpartum period (two-seven days after birth) they have to adapt to
their new role, and to emotional and social changes. Different psychological problems, such as
depression and posttraumatic stress disorder can develop following this period. One important
risk factor in developing these complications is perceived lack of social support from care
providers. Despite social support from healthcare providers being recommended to help parents
in their transition to their new role, up to 50% of parents have stated that they received
insufficient support which did not meet their needs. As social support has many impacts on
parents’ wellbeing, it is important that healthcare professionals respond to parents’ needs.
Relational skills are not innate and teaching of these skills should be based on parents’ needs.
Therefore, the aim of this project is to better understand the role of social support provided by
healthcare professionals in the transition to parenthood of first-time parents during the early
postpartum period. The project consists of three studies. The first two studies will determine
the social support needs of first-time parents in the early postpartum period and which
observable behaviors healthcare professionals show/use to effectively meet the first-time
parents’ social support needs. The third study will develop a training tool based on the results
of studies one and two. This training tool would contribute to improving social support skills
of health care providers with a subsequent impact on the quality of care for first time parents.
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