Two interventions for postnatal support

M. Reid, C. M. A. Glazener, L. Connery, J. M. MacKenzie, D. Ismail, A. Prigg, G. S. Taylor

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This study reports detailed findings from the two interventions from a randomized, controlled trial of postnatal support, these being an invitation for a support group, and a reading pack designed for women postnatally. Women who attended once were likely to return and topics at the groups were primarily women-centred; they were also more likely to be middle class. Non-attenders reported finding the group location and/or timing inconvenient and some reported social diffidence about turning up. Women reported reading the ‘pack’ a number of times and had clear views about the sections that they found most help, many liking the women-centred topics. Support initiatives are helpful to some women; more could be done in future to tailor the initiatives to women especially those who may find ‘joining in’ difficult.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-298
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2003

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    Reid, M., Glazener, C. M. A., Connery, L., MacKenzie, J. M., Ismail, D., Prigg, A., & Taylor, G. S. (2003). Two interventions for postnatal support. British Journal of Midwifery, 11(5), 294-298.