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The Midwifery and Maternity Services Research Unit

Evaluation of the Growing Together Parenting Kit: a mixed methods study

Della Forster, Jan Nicholson (JLC) , Helen McLachlan, Michelle Newton, Heather Grimes, Fiona McLardie-Hore, Touran Shafiei, Sarah Hay

The Royal Women’s Hospital developed an educational kit for pregnant women about early parenting, known as Growing Together, with funding from the Victorian State Government. The kit has three components – an information book for parents that covers the journey from conception to one year of age, an app that has been specifically designed for the project, and a children’s book that parents are encouraged to read to their infants.

We evaluated the kit using mixed methods, measuring various outcomes including parents’ views and experiences of the care and information, women’s experience of motherhood, attachment, infant development, and parental knowledge and confidence as well as the views and experiences of health professionals.

FUNDING: Royal Women’s Hospital