A new online resource supporting Australian families in early parenthood produced by The Health in Society Research Network (HiSNet)
The Health in Society Research Network (HiSNet) is a unique, interdisciplinary research network based at the School of Social Sciences dedicated to understanding health and illness experiences in the social context. Under Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic’s leadership, the network is creating a unique database of a range of personal health and illness experiences elicited through narrative research. These are used to produce online resources to support people experiencing health challenges, contribute to health and social care service improvement, and influence health policy directions.
Based on narrative research conducted by Lead Investigator A/Prof Renata Kokanovic and her team (Kate Johnston-Ataata, Caroline Hart and Nicholas Hill) and funded by Healthdirect Australia, the Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood in Australian Families website was launched in October 2014. This is the second online resource produced by Associate Professor Kokanovic’s research team, following the Experiences of Depression and Recovery in Australia website funded by ARC LP0990229.
The Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood website features the analysis of narrative interviews illustrated with excerpts from video and audio recorded interviews with 45 parents (36 women and 9 men) from a wide range of backgrounds and family arrangements, speaking about their experiences of becoming a parent. People’s stories included their first thoughts about having children, experiences of conception and pregnancy (including surrogacy and IVF), difficult experiences such as miscarriage, premature birth or loss of a baby, labour and birth, and impact of becoming a parent on people’s relationships and their identity.
The research, the first of its kind in Australia, contributes to broadening the terms of the debates around emotions and distress in the perinatal period, and is unique in capturing in one study the diversity of family life in contemporary Australian society. To date, the website has had over 3,500 visits, is being used as a resource in the NSW Year 11 and 12 subject ‘Community and Family Studies’, and features as an important resource on the Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA) website supporting women experiencing perinatal distress. The researchers were also invited by the Childbirth and Antenatal Educators Association (CAPEA) of NSW to participate in an educational webinar to discuss findings from the study and showcase the website.
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