Doulas' perceptions on single mothers' risk and protective factors, and aspirations relative to child-birth

Gizem Arat*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

Abstract

This study the author aims to explore the perceptions of doulas on single mothers' risk and protective factors, and aspirations relative to child-birth in the postpartum care. The current study was conducted by semi-structured questions, case file reviews, field notes, and twelve home visits via utilizing Grounded Theory. These mothers receive social services through a family services agency in Pittsburgh, PA. There were three doulas and three single mothers in the sample group. Findings displayed four themes: (a) doula program is helpful for single mothers relative to child-birth, (b) social exclusion is a risk factor in single mothers lives relative to leading to single motherhood; (c) support system is a protective factor in single mothers' lives relative to child-birth; and (d) pursuing education and applying for jobs are the aspirations of single mothers relative to child-birth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalQualitative Report
Volume18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Doulas
  • Grounded theory
  • Pregnancy
  • Single mothers

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