Chapter 6. Morbidity during the Postnatal Period: Impact on Women and Society

  1. Sheena Byrom RGN, RM, MA supervisor consultant member2,3,
  2. Grace Edwards RGN, RM, ADM, Cert Ed, Med, PhD, diploma teacher consultant principal lecturer2 and
  3. Debra Bick RM, BA, MMedSc, PhD professor member Clinical Advisor visiting fellow4
  1. Maria Helena Bastos PhD research associate teaching assistant programme officer member1 and
  2. Christine McCourt professor of anthropology member4

Published Online: 19 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315486.ch6

Essential Midwifery Practice: Postnatal Care

Essential Midwifery Practice: Postnatal Care

How to Cite

Bastos, M. H. and McCourt, C. (2009) Morbidity during the Postnatal Period: Impact on Women and Society, in Essential Midwifery Practice: Postnatal Care (eds S. Byrom, G. Edwards and D. Bick), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315486.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Central Lancashire, UK

  2. 3

    East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

  3. 4

    Thames Valley University, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    King's College, London, UK

  2. 4

    Thames Valley University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 NOV 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170918

Online ISBN: 9781444315486

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Keywords:

  • postnatal period morbidity and impact on women and society;
  • understanding childbirth as biopsychosocial process;
  • postnatal morbidity - caesarean sections, perineal trauma and mental health problems;
  • modern society and changing norms of work - limited direct experience of pregnancy or breastfeeding;
  • women's postnatal morbidity in United Kingdom;
  • Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS);
  • postnatal care and support and midwifery role;
  • postnatal mental health and post-traumatic stress;
  • childbirth and postnatal morbidity - affecting women's physical, psychological and social health;
  • women and perineal trauma - ‘Hands On Or Poised’ (HOOP) trial

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • What is normal? The woman's perspective

  • Postnatal morbidity

  • Postnatal care and support: the role of midwives

  • Care of the perineum

  • Postnatal care following Caesarean birth

  • Postnatal mental health and post-traumatic stress

  • Conclusion

  • References