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Ex aequo

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SANTOS, Maria Anabela Ferreira dos; LOPES, Maria dos Anjos Pereira  and  BOTELHO, Maria Antónia Rebelo. Late Maternity: From Awareness of the Desire to the Decision to Be a Mother. Ex aequo [online]. 2020, n.41, pp.89-105. ISSN 0874-5560.  http://dx.doi.org/10.22355/exaequo.2020.41.06.

This study is part of a broader investigation that aims to understand the transition process of women in late maternity. Methodology: Grounded Theory using semi-structured interviews, Photovoice and field notes. The results are presented in two categories: «Awareness of the desire to be a mother» and «Choosing the right moment». Conclusion: In this process the identity of the participants was changed from a questioned identity to a planned identity adjusting the old, independent and organized self around their own needs, highlighting the positive aspects and abolishing the negative ones.

Keywords : Advanced maternal age; transition; identity; nursing; grounded theory.

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