First-time mothers are likely to experience difficulties in the changes encompassing their physical appearance and as well as looking and taking care of their newborn baby because of lack of knowledge about motherhood and about the emotional stresses accompanying it. It is in the light of this need and demand that the study was conducted.
The pertinent data were treated with the most fitted statistical treatment to address the problem involved in the study. The information were scored, tabulated, analyzed, and presented through the following measures: frequency count, percentage and mean were employed to measure quantitatively and qualitatively the personal profile of the respondents and their postpartum experiences of first-time mothers; product-moment coefficient of correlation, coefficient of determination and t-test for relationship was used to measure the relationship between the profile variable and postpartum experiences of first-time mothers, relationship between the pre-natal preparation and postpartum experiences of the first-time mothers; and lastly, coefficient of determination was used to find out which among the variables considered in the study significantly affected the postpartum experiences of postpartum of the first-timer mothers.
The significant findings of the study are as follows:
The profile of the respondents in terms of age show that majority of the respondents are young; The respondents are almost equally distributed in terms of their civil status; most of the respondents' family monthly income is P1, 000 but not exceeding Php. 5,000; majority of the respondents parents are high school graduate; majority of the respondents are catholic; and majority of the respondents receives a highly favorable support from their husbands. Majority of the respondents knows the importance of having regular check-up and gives value to it by consulting either through the nurses assigned in rural health clinic or through their doctors; likewise majority of the respondents believes on the importance of preparing well for their pregnancy physically and personally; in the same manner majority of the respondents value the importance of having proper nutrition as they believed that it will nourished well the baby inside their wombs and that they believe that a healthy pregnancy is a product of good nutrition; and lastly; majority of the respondents agreed that equally important in rearing and raising the baby is having the proper attitude and correct frame of mind. The factors affecting the postpartum experiences of mothers in terms of acceptance, depression and rejection is highly favorable with rejection obtaining a perfect score which only shows that the respondents believes on having the right attitude of accepting the baby while in terms of husband's support it is very favorable.
More so, the relationship between the profile variable and postpartum experiences of first-time mothers' shows that age have no significant effect on the postpartum experiences of first-time mothers; while civil status, family monthly income, educational attainment of parents, religious faith and husband's support significantly affects the postpartum experience s of first-time mothers. And lastly, the relationship between the pre-natal preparation and postpartum experiences of first-time mothers shows that the variables significantly affect the postpartum experiences of the first-time mothers.
The study presented the following recommendations: (a) concerned government agencies must look into consideration the growing number of young mothers who are basically single and belong to the below poverty line level. This is alarming in the sense that the true essence of family life is being taken for granted. The government agencies must conduct basic sex education courses among rural communities as well as short family planning lessons to lessen early untimely pregnancies. This concern if properly addressed will help mothers avoid post-partum depression because of unprepared and disoriented family life she will be facing as a young mother all on her own; (b) the government must likewise give sufficient concern in intensifying the campaign for healthy pregnancy of both the mother and child. It can utilized the services of public hospitals though the government's Baby-Friendly Hospital Program to provide free medical check-ups and health teachings regarding proper care and nutrition for the baby among expecting woman. This is to eliminate cases of malnourished babies or untimely delivery of the child due to improper handling of pregnancy; (c) first-time mothers should be given opportunity to find out ways on how to improve their technical know-how on how to cope up easily in their new roles in life; (d) there must be a strong government programs that provides supports to pregnant mothers particularly those who belong in the marginalized sector of the society. Likewise, mother should be encourage to attend group therapy talk or healing sessions to reinforce their emotional stability and hence, prepare them psychologically in building a family; (e) concerned government and private organizations must conduct free regular medical check-up among expecting mothers; (f) and lastly, it is further recommended that this study be replicated with the used of other variables like type of hospital, family background and tender loving care give to patient.
The main purpose of the study is to determine the factors that affect the postpartum experience of the first-time mothers of Dinalupihan District Hospital and Orani District Hospital Calendar Year 2006.
The descriptive correlation method of research was utilized in this study. A survey questionnaire was designed with utmost care and was utilized to elicit respondents' responses. This was used to determine the extent of influence of the different factors on the postpartum experience of the first-timer mothers.
The population of the study was composed of 536 first-timer mothers. A sample of 192 first-timer mothers was selected from the population using a simple random stratified technique.