Title

Postpartum experiences : a phenomenological study

Date of Completion

2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Depression, Postpartum, Postpartum Period

Abstract

The qualitative data in this study was obtained through the recorded in depth interview of the respondents and observation of their non-verbal cues. The grand tour question asked was: “What are your experiences as a mother during postpartum period?” Six (6) postpartum mothers were chosen as respondents using purposive sampling technique based on their actual and personal experiences. Recorded interviews were transcribed verbatim. Significant statements were extracted and meanings were drawn and analyzed using Colaizzi’s phenomenological approach. The study concluded that the experiences of the mothers were almost similar in terms of having a child affecting their lives physically, emotionally, socially, financially and spiritually. Though the researchers patterned their themes and subthemes in Reva Rubin’s postpartum adaptations, not all mothers have undergone the exact adaptation phases. Some of them skipped the phase or have experienced a particular phase in a different time duration. Some of the mothers exhibited different adaptations or coping mechanisms in facing this chapter of their lives that deviated from Reva Rubin’s postpartum adaptations. Despite the respondents’ differences, all of them viewed childbirth as a happy and fulfilling experience and they welcomed motherhood with an open mind and heart with the help of the people around them especially their families.

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