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‘Welcome to the World’: parents' experiences of an antenatal nurturing programme

Wadephul, Franziska; Jones, Catriona; Jomeen, Julie


Franziska Wadephul

Julie Jomeen


Background: The transition to parenthood is a time of increased vulnerability and lays the foundations for the parent-infant relationship. It can therefore be a suitable time for interventions to increase parents’ emotional well-being and support couple relationships and the relationship with the baby.

Aims: This study aims to explore the experiences of attendees at an antenatal nurturing programme and its impact on their experiences of the early postnatal period.

Methods: Thirty-six attendees took part in six focus groups across the UK.

Findings: Participants experienced the programme as 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 relationships.


Wadephul, F., Jones, C., & Jomeen, J. (2019). ‘Welcome to the World’: parents' experiences of an antenatal nurturing programme. British Journal of Midwifery, 27(6), 353-361.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 20, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 7, 2019
Publication Date Jun 2, 2019
Deposit Date Aug 13, 2019
Publicly Available Date Dec 3, 2019
Journal British Journal of Midwifery
Print ISSN 0969-4900
Electronic ISSN 2052-4307
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 6
Pages 353-361
Keywords Maternity and Midwifery
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