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The Needs of Postbirth Parents: An International, Multisite Study

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Health care reform has moved postbirth care into the community without assessment of how this may change parents' needs. Mother–father pairs (n = 117) in six sites in four countries were interviewed at 5 to 10 days postbirth and again between 6 and 8 weeks postbirth to determine their needs. Content analysis revealed both parents in all sites had a strong focus on self-needs throughout the postbirth period. Postpartum programs oriented solely to family–centered care may not meet the specific needs of contemporary parents.

Keywords: fathers' needs; health promotion; mothers' needs; postpartum

Document Type: Standard Article


Affiliations: 1: COLLEEN STAINTON is Professor and Clinical Chair of Women's Health Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing at the University of Sydney and at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia. 2: BARBARA MURPHY is Head of the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing at the University of Sydney, Australia. 3: PATRICIA HIGGINS is a Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 4: JO ANN NEFF is Professor and Chair of the Department of Parent-Child Nursing at East Carolina University of Greenville in Greenville, North Carolina. 5: KARIN NYBERG is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Go\auteborg in Go\auteborg, Sweden. 6: JUDITH RITCHIE is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Publication date: 1999-07-01

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