Couples face many challenges as they transform themselves from dyad to triad. For some couples, these challenges are life-enriching experiences, while for others, chaos ensues, potentially leading to separation and divorce. The transition to first-time parenthood, even for well-functioning
couples, is fraught with potential disorganization. At the same time, it provides opportunities for simultaneous self-growth and conjugal enrichment. What role can perinatal educators play in preparing couples to deal with the changes associated with this transition? To answer this vital question,
the author presents her conceptualization of perinatal education as a primary family intervention framework during the perinatal period.
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VIOLA POLOMENO teaches perinatal health nursing and supervises students in community health nursing at the Université de Montréal, Canada. She also maintains a private practice in perinatal
education mostly for French-speaking parents in the Montréal region.
January 1, 2000
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