"It's Hard Being a Mama": Validation of the Maternal Distress Concept In Becoming a Mother
Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice
New mothers actively adapt to new demands and challenges in the mothering role but some may find this adjustment difficult and distressing, depending on their perceptions and resources. Previous research on maternal distress is primarily concentrated on needs of mothers with depression but nonpathological approaches of viewing difficulties in early parenting should be explored. A secondary analysis of a descriptive, qualitative study was completed on new, low-income mothers in early parenthood to determine how maternal distress influences mothers' transition to becoming a mother and to validate the use of the Maternal Distress Concept in the clinical setting. Findings reveal new mothers experience maternal distress on various levels: stress, adaptation, functioning, and connecting. Implications for practice and education are discussed.
Journal of Perinatal Education
Copeland, D. B.,
(2019). "It's Hard Being a Mama": Validation of the Maternal Distress Concept In Becoming a Mother. Journal of Perinatal Education, 28(1), 28-42.
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