Preparing solo mothers for childbirth and parenthood – The importance of being with like-minded women

Karen Frydenrejn Funderskov*, Marie Konge Nielsen, Dorthe Boe Danbjørg, Mette Juel Rothmann, Anette Werner


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Objectives: Denmark and many high-income countries have seen an increase in the number of single women getting pregnant through medical assisted reproduction (MAR). These women are also named solo mothers. According to the Danish Health Authorities, they should, as all other pregnant women, be offered antenatal education. The aim of this study was to explore solo mothers’ needs in order to prepare them for childbirth and parenthood. Methods: This qualitative study was set to investigate solo mothers’ experiences and requirements during pregnancy to prepare them for childbirth and parenting. Semi-structured interviews were conducted by telephone or face-to-face. A systematic text condensation and interpretation was used to analyse data. Results: 38 interviews were conducted before and after pregnancy. Twenty solo mothers participated in the study. Three themes emerged from the analysis: ‘Confrontation with the normative pregnancy’, ‘Mirroring and network’ and ‘Using formal and informal sources to gain information’. Conclusion: The conventional antenatal packages offered by the healthcare system did not meet the solo mothers’ needs. The women called for content and information tailored to single parents. Solo mothers may benefit from structured antenatal classes in small groups. Being with like-minded women was essential for preparing for childbirth and parenting.

TidsskriftSexual and Reproductive Healthcare
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2024


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