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.
POSTPARTUM BLUES: Assessment and Intervention
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1982 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 27, Issue 6, pages 21–25, November-December 1982
How to Cite
Hazle, N. R. (1982), POSTPARTUM BLUES: Assessment and Intervention. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 27: 21–25. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(82)90088-X
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
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.