Maternal tasks in pregnancy


  • Reva Rubin B.A. M.N. C.M. M.S.

    1. Professor and Director, Graduate Programmes in Maternity Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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The directional goals which women strive towards during pregnancy are fourfold and seem to provide the basic framework of motivation in maternal behaviour. Two of the four tasks are directed toward the outer world during pregnancy on behalf of her child: ensuring safety and acceptance of her unborn child. The other two tasks are directed toward the formation of the maternal role and relationship: developing the capacity to give and binding-in to the as yet unborn child. The progression in pursuit of these tasks is directly related to the progress of pregnancy.