The Impact of Perceived Social Support from Family and Empowerment on Maternal Wellbeing in the Postpartum Period

S Abdollahpour, A Keramat
2016 unpublished
& aim: With the aim of improving maternal and neonatal health, the World Health Organization has placed emphasis on women's empowerment and well-being. This study aimed to investigate the impact of perceived social support from family and empowerment on maternal well-being after delivery. Methods: This descriptive study was conducted on 358 mothers within 24-48 h after delivery. For the purpose of data collection, four questionnaires were employed to evaluate the participants' health status,
more » ... ceived social support from family, empowerment, and well-being. The data were analyzed using structural equation modeling through Stata software at a significance level of 0.05. Results: The mean scores of women's well-being, perceived social family support, and empowerment were 12.9±5.8, 15±3.7, and 70.3±13.5, respectively. The results showed that the score of perceived social support from family had a direct impact on mothers' well-being score. Moreover, there was a significant correlation (0.55) between empowerment and perceived social support from family in the postpartum period. Conclusion: Regarding the direct relationship between empowerment and perceived social family support after delivery, it is recommended to enhance the well-being of mothers in the postpartum period and provide training for pregnant women and their families.