Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood in Australian Families

Overview:

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 online resource:

Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood in Australian Families

Funding body:

Healthdirect Australia (2013-2014)

Investigator:

Professor Renata Kokanovic
Lead Investigator, Professor of Medical Sociology, Social & Global Studies Centre, RMIT University (formerly 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

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, counsellor, author and creator of Well Mum Well Baby

Elly Taylor
Relationship counsellor, 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