Social support networks for adolescent mothers

Thoyama Nadja Félix de Alencar Lima, Denise Martin Coviello, Maryama Naara Félix de Alencar Lima, Érica Surama Ribeiro César Alves, Rejane Marie Barbosa Davim, Aylene Emília Moraes Bousquat


Objective: to identify the meaning of motherhood and the social support networks for adolescent mothers in the local community. Method: qualitative study involving 13 adolescent mothers who were users of a Family Health Unit in the city of Patos/PB, based on techniques such as ethnographic observation and interview, CAAE Opinion nº 07669912.2.0000.0083. Results: most of interviewees lived with the partner and only three were studying. They were supported by relatives during pregnancy and after delivery, especially by mothers and partners. In Primary Care, they had access only to prenatal consultations and a puerperal visit. There were some criticisms concerning the care in the maternity with regard to delay in labor and medical care. Conclusion: social support was the focus on family relationships, and pregnancy in adolescence should be studied beyond the negative stereotypes. It is hoped to contribute with subsidies for actions of Public Policies in Collective Health, in order to provide a type of care oriented towards adolescent mothers. 


Social support; Motherhood in adolescence; Adolescent.

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