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Mothers' experiences of facilitated peer support groups and individual child health nursing support: a comparative evaluation

Kruske, Sue, Schmied, Virginia, Sutton, Ivy and O'Hare, Joan (2004). Mothers' experiences of facilitated peer support groups and individual child health nursing support: a comparative evaluation. Journal of Perinatal Education,13(3):31-38.

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Title Mothers' experiences of facilitated peer support groups and individual child health nursing support: a comparative evaluation
Author Kruske, Sue
Schmied, Virginia
Sutton, Ivy
O'Hare, Joan
Journal Name Journal of Perinatal Education
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 13
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0300-5577   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 31
End Page 38
Total Pages 8
Publisher Lamaze International
Field of Research 1110 - Nursing
1114 - Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The "Early Bird Program" is a support group facilitated by child and family health nurses and offered to families of infants aged 0-8 weeks in South East Sydney, Australia. This paper describes the experiences of 20 women who participated in the Early Bird groups and 20 women who chose to use individual consultations with the child and family health nurse. The qualitative evaluation used focus groups and interviews with the 40 women, and data were analysed using content analysis. Key findings show the Early Bird Program mothers received support and knowledge from both the nurses and each other, while the women who utilised the individual consultations with the nurses sought out and received specific services and information that focused on the baby. The group approach appears to promote group relationships and to empower mothers as a group by de-emphasising the power and expertise of the professional
Keywords analysis
Australia
Child
families
Health
Infant
Midwifery
Mothers
New South Wales
Women
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812404X1752   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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