‘Life After Delivery’:

a phenomenological enquiry into one woman’s experience


  • Vivien Sabel Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute


The massive shifts in emotions and upheaval of social roles women are likely to experience following the birth of a child have been well documented. And yet, it is still not possible to predict how each in- dividual woman will respond. This research explores one woman’s experience using a phenomenologi- cal, relational-centred research approach. My aim was to try to witness and ‘give voice to’ her unique, special and particular experience of life after delivery in a relatively unstructured interview. Analysis revealed four emergent themes: Protection-Desertion; Contact-Isolation; Belonging-Shame; and Anxi- ety-Ambivalence. Throughout the interview there was a sense that Kate wished to be seen as the same as other mothers, rather than as a ‘mother-with-deficits’. She goes to some lengths to hide herself from her family and professionals to give them no reason to doubt her ability.




How to Cite

Sabel, V. (2011). ‘Life After Delivery’:: a phenomenological enquiry into one woman’s experience. European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, (5), 23–32. Retrieved from https://ejqrp.org/index.php/ejqrp/article/view/29