Journal article

The transition to parenthood for Australian heterosexual couples: expectations, experiences and the partner relationship

Damien W Riggs, Anna Worth, Clare Bartholomaeus

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth | BMC | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The perinatal period precipitates significant intra- and inter- personal changes. How heterosexual couples understand and account for such changes, however, has received relatively little attention. METHODS: Semi-structured individual interviews were undertaken as part of a longitudinal study on planned first-time parenthood. This article reports on an inductive thematic analysis of a data corpus focused on six interview questions (three from interviews conducted during pregnancy, and three from interviews conducted six months after the birth of the child), derived from interviews with eight individuals (4 women and 4 men) comprising four couples. RESULTS: In antenatal interviews..

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