Exploratory study on meeting the health and social care needs of mothers with twins

Harvey, M.E. and Athi, R. and Denny, E. (2014) Exploratory study on meeting the health and social care needs of mothers with twins. Community Practitioner, 87 (2). pp. 28-31. ISSN 14622815 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Parents of twins face many challenges and difficulties. These can include: the impact of a multiple birth on family life; the impact of preterm birth; coping and adapting to parenthood, particularly during the first year; managing the mismatch between support needed and support received; and the impact of all these factors on the health and wellbeing of themselves, their children and their wider family. The aim of this phenomenological study was to gain insight into parents' experiences and to inform service provision. Seven semistructured, audio-recorded interviews were conducted with mothers in their own home. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using qualitative methods. Five key themes were identified: Assumptions vs reality; Worries and concerns; Impact on self; Impact on others; and Sources of support. These themes provide insight into the challenges and difficulties encountered by mothers of twins. For most families, the care and support they received during this time was community based and the findings highlighted a need for healthcare professionals to be better informed about the advice and support needed by these families.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mothers, Multiple birth, Parents, Phenomenology, Twins, adult, article, child rearing, female, health care delivery, health service, human, infant, male, mother, newborn, organization and management, preschool child, psychological aspect, social support, twins, United Kingdom, Adult, Child Rearing, Child, Preschool, Delivery of Health Care, England, Female, Health Services Needs and Demand, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Male, Mothers, Social Support, Twins
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Family Health
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2017 10:24
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1870

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