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The Nature of Maternal Postnatal Pain

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This study identifies the location and intensity of pain in a sample of 75 women during the first 4 days postpartum. The emphasis on normal processes and shortened hospital stays may decrease attention to maternal postnatal pain. Individual women's variations of pain in both location and intensity from day to day suggest that the reality of postnatal pain needs to become a more important aspect of perinatal education and postnatal care.
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Keywords: maternal pain; nipple pain; perinatal education; postnatal care; postpartum

Document Type: Standard Article

Affiliations: 1: COLLEEN STAINTON is Professor and Chair of Women's Health Nursing at the University of Sydney and Centre for Women's Health Nursing at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia. 2: SUE EDWARDS was a Research Assistant at the Centre for Women's Health Nursing at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia. 3: BARBARA JONES is a Senior Midwife of the Postnatal Unit at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia. 4: CLARE SWITONSKI is a Clinical Nurse Educator of the Postnatal Unit of the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia.

Publication date: 1999-04-01

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