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Table 2 Themes and sub-themes identified in interviews

From: Women’s experiences of postnatal distress: a qualitative study

Theme and subthemes Percentage (n) of women who mentioned the theme
Living with an unwelcome beginning 100% (17)
Distancing and avoidance of emotions 65% (11)
Birth-related distress 65% (11)
Guilt and self-blame 59% (10)
Breastfeeding experiences 71% (12)
Relationships in the healthcare system 100% (17)
Uncared for in the healthcare system 82% (14)
Unknown in the healthcare system 59% (10)
Positive experiences 71% (12)
The shock of the new 88% (15)
Adjustment to the unknown 82% (14)
Overwhelming responsibility 47% (8)
Inexperience 53% (9)
Meeting new support needs 100% (17)
Needing and seeking support 65% (11)
Action to help move on 100% (17)