Exploring mothers' perspectives of an intensive home visiting program in Australia: A qualitative study
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Intensive nurse home visiting programs are an early childhood, population based intervention that target vulnerable families. Programs are dependent on the relationship between home visitor and mother to bring about change. Few studies have focused on investigating parents’ perspectives of these programs using qualitative methods and none in the Australian context. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore and describe mothers’ perspectives of an intensive nurse home visiting program in South Australia. Eight in-depth interviews were conducted with mothers receiving the program. The findings indicated the role of a trusting relationship between nurse and participant as well as shared decision-making was central to program engagement and led to participant perceptions of increasing control over their role as parents. However, a clear distinction was made by the mothers: that they engaged in a relationship, not a program.