Journal / Book Title
Children and Youth Services Review
Foster youth become pregnant at 2–3 times the rate of the general U.S. adolescent population. Yet, there is a dearth of literature exploring experiences of pregnancy and birth among such young women. This phenomenological study included 18 in-depth interviews with six mothers aged 19–22 years in or transitioning from foster care. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, the specific phenomenological method used in this study, proceeded through six steps: 1. reading and re-reading; 2. initial noting; 3. developing emergent themes; 4. developing superordinate themes; 5. repeating steps 1–4 for each case; and 6. developing a set of final themes. This process yielded three themes characterizing how young women in foster care experience the phenomenon of pregnancy and birth: 1) Personal Pain, Personal Renewal; 2) Unplanned Pregnancies, Intentional Births; and 3) Powerful Bodies, Powerful Families. Findings extend the existing literature on adolescent pregnancy and childbirth, particularly among foster youth; related implications are discussed.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Aparicio, Elizabeth M.; Shpiegel, Svetlana; Grinnell-Davis, Claudette; and King, Bryn, "“My Body is Strong and Amazing”: Embodied Experiences of Pregnancy and Birth among Young Women in Foster Care" (2019). Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 1.
Aparicio, E. M., Shpiegel, S., Grinnell-Davis, C., & King, B. (2019). “My body is strong and amazing”: Embodied experiences of pregnancy and birth among young women in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 98, 199-205.