'Me and my bump': an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of pregnancy for vulnerable women

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Birtwell, B., Hammond, L. and Puckering, C. 2013. 'Me and my bump': an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of pregnancy for vulnerable women. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104513506427
AuthorsBirtwell, B., Hammond, L. and Puckering, C.
Abstract

Eight pregnant women, considered to be ‘vulnerable’ due to exposure to a number of underlying risk factors, participated in semi-structured interviews regarding their experiences of pregnancy and of Mellow Bumps, a 6-week targeted antenatal intervention. Interview transcripts were explored using interpretative phenomenological analysis. The analysis revealed five superordinate themes: pregnancy as a time of reflection; the body being taken over; pregnancy as an emotional rollercoaster; relationships as important; separating identities. Pre- and post-natal attachment theories were found to be useful in interpreting the data. Findings suggest that pregnancy may be ‘normalising’ and provide an important opportunity for building more positive representations of the self. Findings also provide clinical support for the assertion that the attachment relationship begins before birth. The Mellow Bumps intervention was uniformly seen as helpful. It appeared to nurture prenatal attachment relationships, playing a potentially protective role, by helping to establish the foundations for secure mother–infant relationships in the future. Meeting similar women and engaging in ordinary, supportive conversation during Mellow Bumps seemed to reduce feelings of isolation and stigma. Implications for clinical practice are considered.

Year2013
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
PublisherSAGE
ISSN1359-1045
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104513506427
FunderMellow Parenting
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Deposited05 Nov 2013
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