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Integrating Marriage Education into Perinatal Education

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Couples making the transition to parenthood experience challenges that can threaten the quality and stability of their relationships and the health of family members. Currently, the educational infrastructure to support the delivery of couple-relationship education during the transition to parenthood is limited. Because new-parent couples interact with the health care system at many points during this transition time, an opportunity exists for strengthening couple relationships within the system to improve the well-being of adults and children. In this article, we propose a productive collaboration between marriage/couple educators and health care systems to integrate couple-relationship education into the standard of perinatal care.
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Keywords: childbirth education; family-centered care; marriage education; transition to parenthood

Document Type: Standard Article

Affiliations: 1: ALAN HAWKINS is a professor in the Marriage, Family, and Human Development Department and associate director of the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. 2: TAMARA GILLILAND is codirector of the Family Life Education Institute in Provo, Utah, and a Certified Family Life Educator. 3: GLENDA CHRISTIAENS is an assistant teaching professor in the School of Nursing at Brigham Young University. 4: JASON CARROLL is an assistant professor in the Marriage, Family, and Human Development Department at Brigham Young University.

Publication date: October 1, 2002

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