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‘Welcome To The World’: Parents' Experiences Of An Antenatal Nurturing Programme

Franziska Wadephul, Catriona Jones, Julie Jomeen

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Background The transition to parenthood lays the foundations for the parent-infant relationship, but can also be a time of increased vulnerability. It can therefore be a suitable time for interventions to increase parents' emotional wellbeing and support couple relationships as well as the relationship with the baby. Aims This study aimed to explore the experiences of attendees at an antenatal nurturing programme and its effect on their experiences of the early postnatal period. Methods A total of 36 attendees took part in six focus groups across the UK. Findings Participants' experiences of the programme were very positive; it provided knowledge and skills and gave participants a safe space in which to explore feelings and concerns. The programme encouraged participants to nurture themselves, as well as their babies and their relationships. Some groups formed strong support networks, while others did not. Conclusion Participants felt they had benefitted from the programme, particularly in terms of their emotional wellbeing and couple relationships.