Psychological Care for Families

Psychological Care for Families

Before, During and After Birth

1st Edition - March 10, 1992

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  • Author: Catherine A. Niven
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483141251

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Psychological Care for Families: Before, During and After Birth presents the significance of psychological care and the positive effect on outcomes when it is done well. This book provides an understanding of the emotional needs of families. Organized into six chapters, this book begins with an overview of the improvements in outcomes that result from increased input by midwives and health visitors. This text then examines the individual and interrelated needs of the fetus/baby, the mother/primary caretaker, and the father/primary supporter. Other chapters consider the provision of health care during pregnancy, birth, and postnatal period, which involve the giving of psychological care to all the members of the family units. This book discusses as well the interaction that develops between a newborn baby and the mother or the primary caretaker. The final chapter deals with the serious problems that the mother, father, siblings, and baby may experience through their mutual interactions. This book is a valuable resource for midwives, nurses, and health care professionals.

Table of Contents


  • Foreword by Mary Cronk

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction: In the Beginning is the Family

    1 Pregnancy

    The Mother's Adjustment to Pregnancy

    The Father's Adjustment to Pregnancy

    Relationship Changes during Pregnancy

    The Fetus

    The Effects of Psychological Distress during Pregnancy

    Social Support during Pregnancy

    Alleviation of Psychological Distress during Pregnancy

    Overview and Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    2 Birth

    Stress and Anxiety in Childbirth

    Pain in Childbirth

    Preparation for Childbirth

    Coping with Childbirth

    Social Support in Childbirth

    The Father's Experience of Childbirth

    Overview and Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    3 Immediate Postnatal Period

    The Mother's Experience

    The Baby's Abilities

    Mother-Infant Interaction

    The Father

    Overview and Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    4 When Things Go Wrong

    Caesarian Birth

    Childbirth as a Traumatic Experience

    Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death

    The Birth of a Handicapped Child

    Premature Birth and the Separation of Mother and Baby

    Overview and Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    5 The Early Months

    The Mother

    The Father

    Relationship Changes in the Postnatal Period

    Adjustment in Siblings

    Difficulties in Adjustment

    Adult-Infant Interaction

    Overview and Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    6 Problems

    The Mother

    The Father

    Siblings

    Consequences of Serious Psychological Distress in Mothers, Fathers and Siblings during the Postnatal Period

    Resolution

    The Baby

    Problems in Mother-Infant Interaction

    Consequences of Disrupted Mother-Infant Interaction

    Resolution

    Overview and summary

    Further reading

    References

    Epilogue: Caring for and Caring About

    Appendix: Sources of Support and Advice

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1992
  • Published: March 10, 1992
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483141251

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Catherine A. Niven

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