Coping During Labor: The 3 Rs

A new approach to self-help comfort measures in labor is based on observations of the real experts — women in labor. These observations have helped the authors simplify and individualize the labor-coping techniques described in Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn. The Three Rs: Relaxation, Rhythm, and RitualDespite the variety of ways that individual women cope Read More

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) is the term used to describe four emotional conditions occurring during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth. These four conditions include anxiety and panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, postpartum depression and post traumatic stress disorder. About 20% of women will have PMAD during pregnancy following birth and Read More

Postpartum Emotional Changes

After childbirth, most women experience emotional ups and downs. These emotional fluctuations may be partly due to one or more reasons that are related to the childbearing experience. These possible reasons include: For some women, these emotional fluctuations are mild, and they decrease within a few weeks. For others, they are overwhelming and long lasting Read More