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Edith Cowan University


Supervisors: Dr Andrew Guilfoyle


This qualitative study sought to explore the lived experience of new mothers in rural areas. Specifically the experience of the women’s perinatal mental health was studied to understand the type of care they required in the early stages of motherhood. Findings indicate the women were unprepared for the difficulties of new motherhood which was isolating and lacking in support. New mothers found little help from the health care professionals such as GPs, CHN and Midwives due to professional time constraints and inability to develop a relationship. In addition new mothers were uncertain how unwell they needed to be before seeking help. Recommendations are made to escalate the presence of psychologists in the perinatal information groups currently running. This will ensure new mothers have timely information on perinatal mental health and provide the opportunity for early intervention and continuity of care.

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