Journal article

Becoming a mother in the 'new' social world in Australia during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic

Linda Sweet, Zoe Bradfield, Vidanka Vasilevski, Karen Wynter, Yvonne Hauck, Lesley Kuliukas, Caroline SE Homer, Rebecca A Szabo, Alyce N Wilson



BACKGROUND: Substantial public health measures occurred in Australian society during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the risk of community transmission. Little was known about the impact of these changes on childbearing women. AIM: To describe childbearing women's experiences of becoming a mother during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. METHODS: A qualitative exploratory design using semi-structured interviews was used. Women were recruited through social media and self-nominated to participate in an interview. Maximum variation sampling was used. A total of 27 interviews were conducted with women across Australia. Data were analysed thematically. FINDINGS: The thematic analysis resulted i..

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