'One of the Most Vulnerable Times in Your Life': Expectations and Emotional Experiences of Support in the Early Postnatal Period

Johnston-Ataata, K, Kokanovic, R and Michaels, P 2018, ''One of the Most Vulnerable Times in Your Life': Expectations and Emotional Experiences of Support in the Early Postnatal Period' in Renata Kokanović, Paula A. Michaels, Kate Johnston-Ataata (ed.) Paths to Parenthood: Emotions on the Journey through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Early Parenting, Springer, Singapore, pp. 187-214.


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Title 'One of the Most Vulnerable Times in Your Life': Expectations and Emotional Experiences of Support in the Early Postnatal Period
Author(s) Johnston-Ataata, K
Kokanovic, R
Michaels, P
Year 2018
Title of book Paths to Parenthood: Emotions on the Journey through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Early Parenting
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Singapore
Editor(s) Renata Kokanović, Paula A. Michaels, Kate Johnston-Ataata
Start page 187
End page 214
Subjects Family Care
Mental Health
Social Change
Summary Childbearing has cross-culturally and historically been considered a time of vulnerability and transition for new mothers and their babies, as reflected in the existence of ritual postpartum practices. The decline of 'lying-in' or confinement practices in Australia has, together with large-scale socio-cultural and demographic changes, led to many new parents, particularly mothers, finding themselves isolated and unsupported in the early postnatal period. This chapter explores how a diverse group of new parents in Australia felt and thought about social support in early parenthood, and the support they experienced. Based on an in-depth engagement with parents' narratives, it argues that understanding emotional responses to experiences of support in early parenthood is impossible without an appreciation of both expectations of support, and the factors influencing such expectations.
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2018
Keyword(s) postpartum social support
expectations
experience
emotions
isolation
early parenthood
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-981-13-0143-8_9
ISBN 9789811301421
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