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The therapeutic role of video diaries: a qualitative study involving breastfeeding mothers

Taylor, A., van Teijlingen, E., Alexander, J. and Ryan, K. M. (2019) The therapeutic role of video diaries: a qualitative study involving breastfeeding mothers. Women and Birth, 32 (3). pp. 276-283. ISSN 1871-5192

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2018.08.160

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Background: Despite breastfeeding providing maximum health benefits to mother and baby, many women in the United Kingdom do not breastfeed, or do so briefly. Purpose: Using tenets of ethnography, this study aimed to explore the everyday experiences of first time breastfeeding mothers in the early weeks following birth. Methods: Using a camcorder, five mothers in the United Kingdom captured their real-time experiences in a video diary, until they perceived their infant feeding was established. Using a multidimensional approach to analysis, we examined how five mothers interacted with the camcorder as they shared their emotions, feelings, thoughts and actions in real-time. Findings: This paper focuses on one theme, the therapeutic role of the camcorder in qualitative research. Four subthemes are discussed highlighting the therapeutic impact of talking to the camcorder: personifying the camcorder; using the camcorder as a confidante; a sounding board; and a mirror and motivator. Conclusion. Frequent opportunities to relieve tension by talking to “someone” without interruption, judgement or advice can be therapeutic. Further research needs to explore how the video diary method can be integrated into standard postnatal care to provide benefits for a wider population.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Pharmacy Practice Research Group
ID Code:79319
Uncontrolled Keywords:Psychology; Research as therapy; Video diaries; Breast Feeding; Counseling; Talking therapy
Publisher:Elsevier

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