POSTPARTUM BLUES: Assessment and Intervention

Authors

  • Nancy R. Hazle S.N.M., B.S.N

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    • Nancy R. Hazle, S.N.M., B.S.N., received her B.S.N. from the University of Maryland at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing. She served as an obstetrical nurse as an officer in the Army and is currently a nurse-midwifery student in the graduate program at Saint Louis University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Kappa Phi.


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ABSTRACT

The postpartum blues syndrome is explored and a theoretical framework for understanding the phenomenon is provided. Stressors of the puerperium are outlined. Crisis intervention and healthy coping behaviors are examined. A conceptual model of maternal adaptation illustrates how the health care professional may assist the family in the development of growth potential. A table lists the frequent stressors experienced in the puerperium. The nurse-midwife's role of assisting the family through this postpartum disequilibrium period is examined. How the present health care system complicates postpartum follow-up is discussed. Intervention methods and tools for utilization by the nurse-midwife are presented.

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