Existential perspective on parental relationship after childbirth – what to expect?

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPosterForskningpeer review


Rationale: The first child’s birth is for most mothers a profound experience carrying the potential to change life orientations and values. However, little is known of how becoming a mother influences the existential dimensions of life within the parental relationship for example how motherhood may change how we view our partner and what we find important. The aim of this study was to explore how becoming a mother might change the parental relationship seen from the mother’s perspective with a specific focus on dimensions related to existential meaning-making.
Methods: In 2011, 499 Danish first time mothers answered a questionnaire, from which five core items related to changes in the partner relationship from the perspective of the mother, informed this study. The cohort consisted of mothers who gave birth before the 32nd week of gestation (n = 127) and mothers who gave birth at full term (n = 372).
Results: Most respondents found birth of the first child to have forged stronger ties to their partner and have led to both thoughts and conversations about how life together as a couple changed. More than half felt their relationship linked to ‘something bigger than themselves’ or had had dreams on being a family.
Implications: Findings suggest motherhood transition to be a significant transformer of partnership relation influencing also existential meaning-making. Having the potential to be of importance for the health and vitality of the mother, partner and child, it seems essential to address concerns related to existential meaning-making in partner relationship.
StatusUdgivet - 2018
BegivenhedFrom Birth to Health. Towards Substainable Childbirth: COST Action BIRTH Conference - University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Varighed: 17. sep. 201818. sep. 2018


KonferenceFrom Birth to Health. Towards Substainable Childbirth
LokationUniversity Institute of Lisbon

Fingeraftryk Dyk ned i forskningsemnerne om 'Existential perspective on parental relationship after childbirth – what to expect?'. Sammen danner de et unikt fingeraftryk.