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Mothers in same‐sex relationships—Striving for equal parenthood:: A grounded theory study
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (CHiP)
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare. (CHiP)ORCID iD: sannaNB33
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare. Linköpings universitet.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6223-1109
(English)In: Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

To get a deeper understanding of how mothers in same-sex relationships think and reason about their parenthood in terms of gender equality, and how they experience early parental support from child healthcare professionals. Background: There is an increasing amount of research on how women in same-sex relationships experience healthcare services when forming a family. Yet there is limited knowledge of what kind of early parental support these women may request. Design: Grounded theory. Follows guidelines for qualitative research (COREQ). Method: Twenty women ranging from 25 to 42 years of age participated in semi-structured interviews. Data collection and analysis took place in parallel, as recommended in grounded theory methodology. Results: The results are described by the core category Same-sex mothers request professional support to achieve equal parenthood, which includes five categories: (a) equality in everyday life, (b) diversity in mother and child attachment, (c) justification of the family structure, (d) ambivalent thoughts about their child's future and (e) a special need for networking and request for professional support. These findings provide a deeper understanding of how same-sex mothers experience their parenthood and the parental support that is offered. Conclusion: Child healthcare professionals need to be sensitive and recognise both mothers as equal parents and offer early parenting groups where two-mother families feel included and supported. Relevance to clinical practice: Healthcare professionals need to be aware of diverse family formations and meet each parent as a unique individual without heteronormative assumptions. Same-sex mothers must be treated as equal parents and acknowledged as mothers. Healthcare professionals should offer inclusive and supportive parental groups to same-sex families. They should also inform and support nonbirth mothers about the possibility to breastfeed.

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Wiley Online library.
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Caring, encounters, parental support, parenthood, qualitative study, Sweden, two‐mother families
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Care Sciences; Care Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-44983DOI: 10.1111/jocn.14971OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-44983DiVA, id: diva2:1342132
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Doktorandprojekt: Families with two mothersAvailable from: 2019-08-12 Created: 2019-08-12 Last updated: 2019-08-13Bibliographically approved

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