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Becoming a mother: teenage mothers’ experiences of first pregnancy

MS Maputle
Curationis | Vol 29, No 2 | a1086 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v29i2.1086 | © 2006 MS Maputle | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2006 | Published: 28 September 2006

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MS Maputle, Nursing Department, University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus), South Africa

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was firstly to explore and describe the experiences of teenage mothers of first pregnancy. Secondly, to develop guidelines of a support programme that is contextual and relevant to the needs of teenage mothers. The guidelines are aimed at assisting midwives in meeting the needs of teenage mothers. An exploratory, descriptive, contextual and qualitative design was used. The phenomenological approach was implemented to collect and analyze data from a purposively selected sample of fourteen (14) teenage mothers who were pregnant for the first time. The model of Guba and Lincoln (1985: 301-318) was implemented to ensure trustworthiness in this qualitative study. Five themes emerged from the analysis of the data. Guidelines and recommendations for support programme were developed.

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