A Qualitative Description of WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Support

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/620274
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Poster
Title:
A Qualitative Description of WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Support
Author(s):
Ruiz, Emily; Spivey, Ryleigh; Spencer, Becky; Shaw, Hope; Wilson, Jennifer
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Beta Beta (Dallas)
Author Details:
Emily Ruiz, GN, eruiz3@twu.edu; Ryleigh Spivey, GN; Becky Spencer, RN, IBCLC; Hope Shaw; Jennifer Wilson, RN, CPN
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, September 19, 2016: Breastfeeding peer counselor programs have been successful in increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates. However, factors contributing to a counselor?s success, particularly in the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) setting, have not been widely explored. A qualitative descriptive study was conducted in which breastfeeding peer counselors from Dallas (WIC) were interviewed about how they provide support to mothers. The interviews were transcribed and inductive content analysis was used to analyze the transcripts using the procedure outlined by Graneheim and Lundman (2003). Transcripts of the interviews and observations were the unit of analysis. Meaning unit extraction, coding, and theme creation was a collaborative effort of three undergraduate honors nursing students and two instructor mentors.�The analysis of the interview transcripts revealed that Breastfeeding peer counselors are successful because they passionately empower through shared experience by acknowledging the whole woman, helping, and uplifting.�The five themes that were identified from the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor interview data included: passionate empowerment, shared experience, acknowledgement of the whole woman, helping, and uplifting. The five themes identified from the interview data demonstrate the elements of the Power of Influence (POI) program (Hildebrand et al., 2014). The breastfeeding peer counselors did not talk about how many women they led to breastfeeding initiation or how long each mom breastfed; rather, they shared the times when they made emotional connections with mothers. They attributed quantitative measures of success to the qualitative efforts of building hope, trust and confidence in the women they serve and mentor. The findings of this study provide support for the implementation and expansion of POI principles and strategies widely employed by breastfeeding peer counselors. POI principles and strategies can be enhanced by adding the concepts of building hope, trust and confidence through exhibiting passion, acknowledging the whole woman, sharing experience, helping, and uplifting. POI principles and strategies provide guidance for physical presence and influence, but may lack guidance on strategies to build the emotional connections that the peer counselors attributed to their success with mentoring mothers.
Keywords:
Breastfeeding; peer counselor; power of influence
Repository Posting Date:
16-Sep-2016
Date of Publication:
16-Sep-2016
Other Identifiers:
LEAD16PST175
Conference Date:
2016
Conference Name:
Leadership Connection 2016
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Leadership Connection 2016 Theme: Personal. Professional. Global. Held at the Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePosteren
dc.titleA Qualitative Description of WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Supporten
dc.contributor.authorRuiz, Emilyen
dc.contributor.authorSpivey, Ryleighen
dc.contributor.authorSpencer, Beckyen
dc.contributor.authorShaw, Hopeen
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Jenniferen
dc.contributor.departmentBeta Beta (Dallas)en
dc.author.detailsEmily Ruiz, GN, eruiz3@twu.edu; Ryleigh Spivey, GN; Becky Spencer, RN, IBCLC; Hope Shaw; Jennifer Wilson, RN, CPNen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/620274-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, September 19, 2016: Breastfeeding peer counselor programs have been successful in increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates. However, factors contributing to a counselor?s success, particularly in the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) setting, have not been widely explored. A qualitative descriptive study was conducted in which breastfeeding peer counselors from Dallas (WIC) were interviewed about how they provide support to mothers. The interviews were transcribed and inductive content analysis was used to analyze the transcripts using the procedure outlined by Graneheim and Lundman (2003). Transcripts of the interviews and observations were the unit of analysis. Meaning unit extraction, coding, and theme creation was a collaborative effort of three undergraduate honors nursing students and two instructor mentors.�The analysis of the interview transcripts revealed that Breastfeeding peer counselors are successful because they passionately empower through shared experience by acknowledging the whole woman, helping, and uplifting.�The five themes that were identified from the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor interview data included: passionate empowerment, shared experience, acknowledgement of the whole woman, helping, and uplifting. The five themes identified from the interview data demonstrate the elements of the Power of Influence (POI) program (Hildebrand et al., 2014). The breastfeeding peer counselors did not talk about how many women they led to breastfeeding initiation or how long each mom breastfed; rather, they shared the times when they made emotional connections with mothers. They attributed quantitative measures of success to the qualitative efforts of building hope, trust and confidence in the women they serve and mentor. The findings of this study provide support for the implementation and expansion of POI principles and strategies widely employed by breastfeeding peer counselors. POI principles and strategies can be enhanced by adding the concepts of building hope, trust and confidence through exhibiting passion, acknowledging the whole woman, sharing experience, helping, and uplifting. POI principles and strategies provide guidance for physical presence and influence, but may lack guidance on strategies to build the emotional connections that the peer counselors attributed to their success with mentoring mothers.en
dc.subjectBreastfeedingen
dc.subjectpeer counseloren
dc.subjectpower of influenceen
dc.date.available2016-09-16T14:23:33Z-
dc.date.issued2016-09-16-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-16T14:23:33Z-
dc.conference.date2016en
dc.conference.nameLeadership Connection 2016en
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen
dc.descriptionLeadership Connection 2016 Theme: Personal. Professional. Global. Held at the Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis.en
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