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Nature intends that the physical and hormonal changes of pregnancy insure the growth and development not just of the baby but of the mother. The physical and emotional changes of pregnancy and, then, labor, birth, and breastfeeding play vital roles in guiding women on the journey of becoming a mother. Standard prenatal care and medicalized labor and birth interfere in powerful ways with nature's plan and, consequently, women's ability to negotiate this journey. In this column, these issues are explored, and implications for childbirth education are discussed.

Keywords: hormones and pregnancy; maternal attachment; maternal role attainment; pregnancy; prenatal care; psychosocial changes of pregnancy; safety and pregnancy; tasks of pregnancy

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2008-09-01

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