Accession Number : ADA311495

Title :   Postpartum Concerns And Needs Of Multiparas.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Egan, Janet L.

PDF Url : ADA311495

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : The postpartum period is a time of major transition in the life of a family, traditionally families have minimal access to health care providers during this crucial period. Few studies appear in the postpartum literature about the concerns and needs of multiparas as a separate group of childbearing women. The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the postpartum concerns and needs of multiparas in the first three weeks after birth. A telephone questionnaire was administered to a convenience sample of eight women five to seven days after birth and again at eighteen to twenty days after birth. Survey questions asked about the womens lived experience, level of postpartum support, specific concerns, postpartum education in the hospital, and sibling reactions. Findings of this pilot study indicated that these healthy women experienced numerous physical and emotional concerns related to changing roles and anxieties about the infant. Limitations of the pilot indicated that these healthy women experienced numerous physical and emotional concerns related to changing roles and anxieties about the infant. Limitations of the pilot study as well as implications for nursing practice and education are described.

Descriptors :   *FAMILY MEMBERS, *LABOR, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), *CHILDREN, *NURSING, *BIRTH, *ADAPTATION(PHYSIOLOGY), MILITARY PERSONNEL, PILOTS, LIMITATIONS, ACCESS, ACTIVE DUTY, PILOT STUDIES, CIVILIAN POPULATION, HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, TELEPHONE SYSTEMS, WOMEN, QUESTIONNAIRES, INFANTS.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE