Transition to motherhood as it is experienced by first-time mothers by Helena Lorén

The relationship between children and their parents are the common risk or safety factor that have the most importance for a child´s well-being and development. The relationship to the child is built already from the birth and it is important that they both feel secure and develop a positive interaction. The transition to motherhood is a life event that results in heightened vulnerability and stressors such as changes in the identity and lack of support are factors that can change the outcome of how the individual adjustment and the feeling of satisfaction in the motherhood develops. The transition theory describes the characteristics of life transitions and can be a framework that gives more understanding. The aim of this qualitative study is to highlight first-time mothers experiences of the transition motherhood. A phenomenological hermeneutic method is used for researching lived experience. A pilot study was made to test the method before the coming full scaled study and three first-time mothers told their narratives through interviews .The results showed that during the beginning of the transition there was a discrepancy between the expectations of motherhood and the reality. This resulted in ambivalent feelings and the mothers had high demands on themselves. The close family of origin was described as a safe base that could provide confirmation in the new role so that the new mothers could develop their own security and self-confidence. The transition was also described as a oscillation between the lack of the old identity and the previous life and to rejoice and have expectations of forming the new family. The comprehensive understanding highlight that the result after a transformative life event, as the transition to motherhood, could lead to that you are forced to change your priorities and that you feel you have grown as a person.

The whole research/study is to be found Here: https://gupea.ub.gu.se/bitstream/2077/34323/1/gupea_2077_34323_1.pdf

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