Keywords

childbirth education, marriage education, transition to parenthood, family-centered care

Abstract

Couples making the transition to parenthood experience challenges that can threaten the quality and stability of their relationships and the health of family members. Currently, the educational infrastructure to support the delivery of couple-relationship education during the transition to parenthood is limited. Because new-parent couples interact with the health care system at many points during this transition time, an opportunity exists for strengthening couple relationships within the system to improve the well-being of adults and children. in this article, we propose a productive collaboration between marriage/couple educators and health care systems to integrate couple-relationship education into the standard of perinatal care.

Original Publication Citation

Hawkins, A. J., Gilliland, T., Christiaens, G., & Carroll, J. (2002). Integrating marriage education into the healthcare system during the transition to parenthood. Journal of Perinatal Education, 11(4), 1-10.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2002-09-01

Publisher

The Journal of Perinatal Education

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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