Emotional Experiences Early Parenthood

Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood

The Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood in Australian Families project contributes to understanding how new parents and their partners might best emotionally adjust to pregnancy and early parenthood, and how and by whom they might be best supported. A total of 45 parents (36 women and 9 men) from a wide range of backgrounds and family arrangements were interviewed about their experiences of becoming a parent. People’s stories included their first thoughts about having children, experiences of conception and pregnancy (including surrogacy and IVF), difficult experiences such as miscarriage, premature birth or loss of a baby, labour and birth, feeding and settling, and impact of becoming a parent on people’s relationships and their sense of identity.

Healthtalk Australia website module:

Emotional experiences of early parenthood in Australian families

Funding body:

Healthdirect Australia (2013-2014)

Investigator:

Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic, Lead Investigator, Social Studies in Health and Medicine (SSHM) Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Research team:

Kate Johnston-Ataata, Research Associate, SSHM Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Caroline Hart, Research Assistant, SSHM Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Nicholas Hill, Research Assistant, SSHM Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Advisory Panel:

Andrew Betts, house husband, and father

Rita Butera, Executive Director, Women’s Health Victoria

Monica Dux, author, and social commentator

Sam Everingham, President, Surrogacy Australia

Belinda Horton, CEO, PANDA

Kate Hunt, Professor, Associate Director / Programme Leader, Gender and Health, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, UK

Renata Kokanovic, Associate Professor, Project Lead Investigator, Monash University

Joyce Jiang, Health Promotion Manager, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (since July 2014)

Lindy Marlow, State Wide Facilitator, Refugee Health Nurse Program, Victorian Refugee Health Network, and Western Region Health Centre

Lenore Manderson, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Monash University

Ruth McNair, Associate Professor, Academic General Practitioner (Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health), University of Melbourne

Suzanne McNaught, Maternal and Child Health Nurse, City of Stonnington, Victoria

Jennifer Peggie, mother, and occupational therapist

Leone Piggford, GP (Women’s Health and Paediatrics), University of Melbourne Student Health Service

Meredith Stone, Psychiatric Registrar, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Melanie Strang, GP, counselor, author, and creator of Well Mum Well Baby

Elly Taylor, relationship counselor, parent educator, and creator of Parent Support Online

Clare Shann, Global Mental Health Lead, Movember

Megan Wong, Health Promotion and Research Project Officer, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (until July 2014)

Dianne Zalitis, Clinical Governance Analyst, Pregnancy Birth, and Baby, Healthdirect Australia

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