“I just feel like I am broken. I am the worst pregnant woman ever”: a qualitative exploration of the “at odds” experience of women's antenatal distress

Staneva, Aleksandra A., Bogossian, Fiona, Morawska, Alina and Wittkowski, Anja (2017) “I just feel like I am broken. I am the worst pregnant woman ever”: a qualitative exploration of the “at odds” experience of women's antenatal distress. Health Care for Women International, 1-29. doi:10.1080/07399332.2017.1297448

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Author Staneva, Aleksandra A.
Bogossian, Fiona
Morawska, Alina
Wittkowski, Anja
Title “I just feel like I am broken. I am the worst pregnant woman ever”: a qualitative exploration of the “at odds” experience of women's antenatal distress
Journal name Health Care for Women International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1096-4665
0739-9332
Publication date 2017-03-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07399332.2017.1297448
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Start page 1
End page 29
Total pages 29
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Advances in perinatal mental health research have provided valuable insights around risk factors for the overall development of maternal distress. However, there is still a limited understanding of the experience of women struggling emotionally during pregnancy. We explored how women view, experience, and interpret psychological distress antenatally. Eighteen Australian women participated in in-depth interviews that were analyzed thematically within a critical realist theoretical framework. We present and situate the current findings within the dominant discourse of the good mother, which arguably promotes guilt and stigma and results in women self-labeling as bad mothers.
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Institutional Status UQ

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