This project involves two different kinds of interviewing - repeated, in-depth, semi-structured interviews with a core group of first-time mothers/couples, and single, structured interviews with groups of first-time and nth-time mothers.
The first kind of interviewing - repeated, in-depth, and semi-structured - has allowed me to become familiar with the expectations and experiences of first-time mothers/couples, not to mention with the stories of the individuals themselves. We get together once every 3 to 4 weeks for at least 1 hour to talk. Each mother/couple sets the agenda for the interview. In addition, I ask certain questions of all mothers/couples in order to be able to compare their responses. I look forward to these interviews, which certainly feel to me more like conversations with good friends than data collection for a study. Real sharing occurs in our discussions.
The second kind of interviewing - single, structured interviews with groups of first- and nth-time mothers - will build upon what I am learning from the repeated, in-depth interviewing. For this kind of interviewing, we will meet once for 1 hour. I will ask the same set of questions of all the mothers who agree to participate. The questions will be focused on the topic of how you have been preparing for the birth of your child, including what kinds of activities in which you have engaged during pregnancy. Doing so will allow me to compare what first-time mothers have to say against what nth-time mothers have to say. If you are interested in participating in a single, structured interview, click on this link for more information about Interviews.