Family-centered postpartum care

D. K. Gjerdingen, P. Fontaine

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The birth of a baby is a significant event for a family and may result in physical, emotional, or social changes for any family member. The medical community has traditionally focused its attention on the infant and the mother during this period. This paper discusses postpartum health changes that may be experienced by mothers, fathers, and siblings, and proposes a method for integrating the entire family into postpartum care routines. Expanding the traditional view of postpartum change and recovery to include the entire family promotes the well-being of each individual family member, as well as that of the family unit as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-193
Number of pages5
JournalFamily medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


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