Title

Being pregnant: A qualitative study of women's lived experience of pregnancy

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health

School

School of Psychology

RAS ID

3839

Comments

Originally published as: Armstrong, T., & Pooley, J.A. (2004). Being pregnant: A qualitative study of women's lived experience. The Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. 20 (1), 4 - 24. Original available here

Abstract

Few studies of pregnancy have been designed to include the pregnant woman's perspective. This qualitative study was conducted to explore women's perspectives of their experience of pregnancy. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 pregnant women (24-39 years). The analysis revealed six major themes: support during pregnancy; experience of pregnancy; finding information; changing values; model of care; and being responsible. Results suggest that women's experience of pregnancy may be enhanced offering guidance and enabling access to multiple sources of support. Future research into the health-care professional's role, and the ways in which pregnant women connect with each other, is supported.