Does perception of the childbirth experience predict women's early parenting behaviors?

Authors

  • Janet Bryanton,

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    1. University of Prince Edward Island School of Nursing, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada C1A 4P3
    • University of Prince Edward Island School of Nursing, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada C1A 4P3.
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Anita J. Gagnon,

    1. McGill University School of Nursing, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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    • Associate Professor.

    • Nurse Scientist.

  • Marie Hatem,

    1. Université de Montréal Faculté de médecine, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
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    • Professeure Adjointe.

  • Celeste Johnston

    1. McGill University School of Nursing, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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    • James McGill Professor.


  • Le Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec provided career support to AJG during the time of the study. Thanks to Dr. Ian Dohoo for his statistical advice during manuscript preparation.

Abstract

Evidence regarding the predictors of positive parenting behaviors in the early transition to parenting is inconsistent and limited. In this prospective, cohort study, we examined whether women's perceptions of their childbirth experience, as well as selected demographic, obstetrical, and psychosocial variables, predicted positive parenting behaviors at 1 month postpartum in 175 Canadian mothers. Women's birth experience did not predict early parenting behaviors, however being better educated and having a vaginal birth did. Excellent partner support and maternal mental health were also significantly associated with positive parenting at 1 month. Nurses have a responsibility to assess women for possible risks for sub-optimal parenting, based on the predictors found, and intervene to enhance parenting behaviors. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 32:191–203, 2009

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