Preparing Expectant Couples for New-Parent Experiences: A Comparison of Two Models of Antenatal Education
Abstract:This paper describes a pilot antenatal education program intended to better prepare couples for the early weeks of lifestyle changes and parenting. Eight weeks after birth, data were collected by questionnaire from 19 couples who participated in a pilot program and from 14 couples who were enrolled in a routine hospital program. Women in the pilot program were significantly more satisfied with their experience of parenthood. Facilitated gender-specific discussion groups formed a key strategy in the pilot program.
Document Type: Standard Article
Affiliations: 1: VIRGINIA SCHMIED is an associate professor in the Centre for Family Health and Midwifery at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. She is also a parenting educator at St. George Hospital, Kogarah, in Sydney. 2: KAREN MYORS is the parenting project coordinator for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Programs in the Area Mental Health Unit of Southeast Health in Sydney, Australia. 3: JO WILLS is the nursing and patient services manager for the Division of Women's and Children's Health at St. George Hospital, Kogarah, in Sydney, Australia. 4: MARGARET COOKE is a principal research fellow in the Centre for Family Health and Midwifery at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.
Publication date: 2002-07-01
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