Reformulating Life: The First Three Months Postpartum for Single, Unpartnered, Medicaid Eligible First Time Mothers

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Presentation
Title:
Reformulating Life: The First Three Months Postpartum for Single, Unpartnered, Medicaid Eligible First Time Mothers
Abstract:
Reformulating Life: The First Three Months Postpartum for Single, Unpartnered, Medicaid Eligible First Time Mothers
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2003
Author:Keating-Lefler, Rebecca
Contact Address:CON, 985330 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 68198-5330,, USA
Purpose: To discover the basic social psychological problem encountered by single, unpartnered, Medicaid eligible first time mothers during the first three months postpartum as well as the basic social psychological process the women used to manage the problem. Design: Qualitative using grounded theory. Subjects: Recruitment took place at a large, Midwest OB/GYN clinic. Eighteen single, unpartnered and two partnered, Medicaid eligible first time mothers participated. The two partnered women were included in order to better understand the uniqueness of the experience for the unpartnered women. Methods: Semi structured interviews were conducted and audiotaped with single, unpartnered, Medicaid eligible first time mothers at one, two, and three months postpartum. Results: Upon discovery of their pregnancy the women began experiencing losses. From that moment and through the three-month postpartum period, the losses accumulated. The women used the basic social psychological process of "reformulating life" to manage their basic social psychological problem of "grieving multiple losses." "Reformulating life" included the sub processes of "believing in future possibilities," "submerging self in the role," "daring to dream life's options," "development of a new self-definition, identity, and future," and "risking a new life course: attempting new roles." Social support and personal resilience facilitated the basic social psychological process of "reformulating life." Conclusions: Single, unpartnered, Medicaid eligible first time mothers in this study experienced multiple losses associated with pregnancy, birth, and parenting. The basic social psychological process of "reformulating life" was ongoing through the three-month period. The uniqueness of this substantive theory is the attention to the relationship between pregnancy, loss and grief. Results of this study have implications for practitioners and policy makers. AN: MN030295
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleReformulating Life: The First Three Months Postpartum for Single, Unpartnered, Medicaid Eligible First Time Mothersen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160418-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Reformulating Life: The First Three Months Postpartum for Single, Unpartnered, Medicaid Eligible First Time Mothers</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Keating-Lefler, Rebecca</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">CON, 985330 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 68198-5330,, USA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: To discover the basic social psychological problem encountered by single, unpartnered, Medicaid eligible first time mothers during the first three months postpartum as well as the basic social psychological process the women used to manage the problem. Design: Qualitative using grounded theory. Subjects: Recruitment took place at a large, Midwest OB/GYN clinic. Eighteen single, unpartnered and two partnered, Medicaid eligible first time mothers participated. The two partnered women were included in order to better understand the uniqueness of the experience for the unpartnered women. Methods: Semi structured interviews were conducted and audiotaped with single, unpartnered, Medicaid eligible first time mothers at one, two, and three months postpartum. Results: Upon discovery of their pregnancy the women began experiencing losses. From that moment and through the three-month postpartum period, the losses accumulated. The women used the basic social psychological process of &quot;reformulating life&quot; to manage their basic social psychological problem of &quot;grieving multiple losses.&quot; &quot;Reformulating life&quot; included the sub processes of &quot;believing in future possibilities,&quot; &quot;submerging self in the role,&quot; &quot;daring to dream life's options,&quot; &quot;development of a new self-definition, identity, and future,&quot; and &quot;risking a new life course: attempting new roles.&quot; Social support and personal resilience facilitated the basic social psychological process of &quot;reformulating life.&quot; Conclusions: Single, unpartnered, Medicaid eligible first time mothers in this study experienced multiple losses associated with pregnancy, birth, and parenting. The basic social psychological process of &quot;reformulating life&quot; was ongoing through the three-month period. The uniqueness of this substantive theory is the attention to the relationship between pregnancy, loss and grief. Results of this study have implications for practitioners and policy makers. AN: MN030295 </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:55:28Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:55:28Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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