Pirkko Kouri, MNSc, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Technology at Savonia Polytechnic, Health Professions, in Kuopio.
Pregnant Families' Discussions on the Net—From Virtual Connections Toward Real-Life Community
Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
2006 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 51, Issue 4, pages 279–283, July-August 2006
How to Cite
Kouri, P., Turunen, H., Tossavainen, K. and Saarikoski, S. (2006), Pregnant Families' Discussions on the Net—From Virtual Connections Toward Real-Life Community. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 51: 279–283. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.10.010
- Issue online: 24 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
The aim of this research was to analyze conversations between expectant families (N = 21) in Net Clinic, an Internet-based service designed for patients using public maternity care. The online conversations, shared opinions about experiences of pregnancy, and family life constituted the data for content analysis. The families developed a sense of virtual community, which gradually evolved into a real-life community, by discovering the similarity of their life situations and by giving parent-to-parent support for everyday life events. As a view of daily family life, Net Clinic offers maternity care professionals a deeper understanding of how to enhance safer pregnancy, birth, and growth of the family.