Parent experience and need for support in the first 1000 days
PHE ePoster Library. McNaughton A. Sep 10, 2018; 221374; 81
Amy McNaughton
Amy McNaughton
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Abstract IntroductionIt is widely recognised the first 1000 days - during pregnancy and to a child's second birthday, is a critical part of the life-course when the foundations for our future health a wellbeing are built. By asking parents what is important to them at this time we can obtain valuable information to inform policy and service improvement MethodsThe project took a qualitative approach including focus groups, in-depth paired interviews and individual in-depth interviews with 141 parents. This included 56 parents from within lower socio-economic groups predominately accessing universal services; and 85 parents who were in contact with specialist support services for parents.Results The overriding theme from all our conversations with parents was one of wanting the best for their children. The project identified key themes linked to: • The impact of mental health and depression • The importance of addressing social circumstances • The primary sources of support families access• Their information needs and preferencesConclusionThis project confirms that parents face a number of common challenges during the first 1000 days. While for most parents a mix of access to and support from family and friends, online information sources and health professionals can be sufficient in dealing with these concerns significant opportunities for service improvement exist. These insights will help to inform the development of effective and accessible parental information resources for parents and shape our understanding of what an effective system should look and feel like for families.
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