Ph.D. Defense by Marianne Stistrup Frederiksen
Marianne Stistrup Frederiksen will defend her Ph.D. thesis "MEETING THE NEED OF THE FAMILY: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY ON THE CARE EXPERIENCES OF PARENTS IN VULNERABLE POSITIONS DURING PREGNANCY AND THE POSTNATAL PERIOD"
15.10.2021 kl. 13.00 - 16.00
13.00 Opening by the Moderator Charlotte Overgaard
13.05 PhD lecture by Marianne Stistrup Frederiksen
15.00 Questions and comments from the Committee
Questions and comments from the audience at the Moderator’s discretion
16.00 Conclusion of the session by the Moderator
The Faculty Council has appointed the following adjudication committee to evaluate the thesis and the associated lecture:
Dr. Jane Sandall, Professor, Division of Women’s and children’s health, King’s College London, UK.
Dr. Megan Aston, Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University, Canada.
Dr. Helle Haslund Thomsen, Aalborg Universitetshospital
Dr. Charlotte Overgaard, HST, Aalborg Universitet
During pregnancy and after the birth, parents facing psychological and/or social challenges are at risk of adverse birth outcomes, infant mortality and morbidity as well as perinatal mental health issues, which require transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration. International guidelines recommend early identification of parents in vulnerable positions to ensure referral to tailored and needs-based services; however, little is known about the care experiences of parents themselves, and in a Danish context knowledge is particularly scarce. The overall objective of this PhD-project is to develop new, in-depth knowledge about the care experiences of Danish parents in vulnerable positions during pregnancy and the postnatal period in order to contribute to the development of care practices and the organization of maternity care services for this group. Informed by an interpretive philosophy of science, the thesis is designed as an ethnographic field study. From April 2018 to September 2019, fieldwork was conducted in Aalborg Municipality. Through a purposive recruitment strategy, 26 women and 13 men were recruited, who engaged with supportive services due to past or current mental health issues or disorders, past substance abuse, young age, single-status parenthood, adverse childhood experiences and/or traumatic experiences and abuse. A total of 50 interviews were conducted with parents, and 51 parent-professional encounters were observed. The findings are reported in three scientific articles on which this thesis is based. The first article explores what parents in vulnerable positions fear, how and why they experience fear, and how this shapes their childbearing experience and engagement with maternity care services. The second article identifies key elements of supportive encounters by exploring how parents in vulnerable positions experience their encounters with professionals. The third article illuminates the role of continuity of care in creating coherent care journeys for parents in vulnerable positions. Overall, these findings contribute with in-depth knowledge on the care experiences of parents in vulnerable positions, and their challenges and needs for support during pregnancy and the postpartum period, which can assist in the planning and organization of care for this group.
Department of Health Science and Technology, The Faulty of Medicine, Aalborg University
The Ph.D. Defense is organized as a hybrid event - digitally via Zoom and physical presence in room Niels Jernes Vej 14, Auditorium 4-111, Aalborg Ø
12.10.2021 kl. 12.00