The purpose of this study was to explore postpartum women’s perceptions of a telephone-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (T-CBT). Using an exploratory qualitative design, a purposeful sample of 39 first-time Chinese mothers who had participated in the T-CBT was interviewed at 6 weeks postpartum. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and analyzed by content analysis. The findings revealed that Chinese women perceived T-CBT to be helpful in increasing their confidence in the maternal role, enhancing their emotional control, and increasing their sense of support. The effectiveness of T-CBT was enhanced by the delivery of the intervention by health care professional and the flexibility of intervention to provide individualized and timely information. The evidence suggests T-CBT is a feasible modality with the potential to support mothers in managing the demands of parental transition. T-CBT could be incorporated into perinatal services on an ongoing and regular basis, and therefore readily accessible to all postpartum women.
- postpartum women
- qualitative evaluation
- telephone-based cognitive-behavioral therapy
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