Women’s experiences of a follow up childbearing journey with Bachelor of Science students in Gauteng Province, South Africa

  • LM Modiba
Keywords: Childbearing, women experiences, Bachelor of Science students, follow-up.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe and analyse the lived experiences of the follow up journey of a pregnant woman by listening to the voices of women as they reflect on their journey. A qualitative, descriptive and contextual design was used to examine into each woman’s experience of her world from pregnancy to six weeks after delivery. Semi-structured interview questions were utilized in the form of face to face interviews; and electronic communication media, with the aim of exploring women’s experiences of the follow up journey programme. Two themes emerged from this study which were: a trusting relationship and being empowered. Under the trusting relationship, two subthemes were identified: relational continuity and presence. The theme on empowerment yielded two subthemes: individual care and coping. The importance of having a trusting relationship and of being empowered during childbearing process was highlighted in this study. This is a challenge to the South African government to focus more on woman’s individual needs and coping experiences.

Keywords: Childbearing, women experiences, Bachelor of Science students, follow-up.

Published
2013-10-07

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eISSN: 1117-4315