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post partum

psychological adaptations

attachment formation of a relationship between parent and the newborn
maternal (baby) blues mild depressive symtomes, anxiety, irritability, tearfulness-peak day 4 and may last hours to days resolves day 10
post partum depression restless, worthless, guilty, hopeless, moody, sad, overwhelmed
psychosis personal terror resulting in dangerour thought and violent actions
taking-in phase immediately after birth when the mother relies on others to meet her needs; first 24-48 hours
taking-hold phase 2-3 day post partum; concerned about herself, the infant and the ability to care for the infant
letting-go phase woman re-establishes relationships with other people
engrossment time of intense absorption, preoccupation and interest for the father or significant other
visual awareness of the newborn father or partner perceives the newborn as attractivem pretty or beautiful
tactile awareness father or partner has a desire to touch or hold the newborn and considers this pleaurable
perception the father or partner does not see any imperfections
attractions father or partner focuses all attention on the newborn when he is in the room
awareness father or partner can distinguish his newborn from others in the nursery
extreme elation father or partner feel a "high" after the birth of his child
increase self esteem father or partner feel proud and older after the birth of his child
Created by: N122-OB