Experiences of Well-Being in Child-Bearing Women: What Helps and Hinders


  • Janelle Kwee Trinity Western University
  • Hillary McBride University of British Columbia
  • Larissa Rossen


Little research has been done to date to understand, qualitatively, the contributing factors of psychological thriving during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, particularly from the voices of mothers themselves. In order to better understand what women perceive as contributing to a healthy and positive child-bearing experience, the authors asked postpartum women to report what factors contributed to their well-being. Using the enhanced critical incident technique, women reported what they found was helpful, hindering, or what they would have wished for in their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences. Implications and recommendations for counsellors working with women during pregnancy and the postpartum period are discussed.

Author Biographies

Janelle Kwee, Trinity Western University

Dr. Janelle Kwee is a clinical psychologist and associate professor of Counselling Psychology in the M.A. Counselling Psychology program at Trinity Western University.

Hillary McBride, University of British Columbia

Hillary McBride is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice and a Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia.




How to Cite

Kwee, J., McBride, H., & Rossen, L. (2020). Experiences of Well-Being in Child-Bearing Women: What Helps and Hinders. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 54(1), 1–21. Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/61151



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