ERIC Number: EJ1137623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Promoting Maternal and Infant Health in the 4th Trimester
Verbiest, Sarah B.; Tully, Kristin P.; Stuebe, Alison M.
ZERO TO THREE, v37 n4 p34-44 Mar 2017
The "4th trimester" refers to the transition period after childbirth when infants are adjusting to life outside the womb and mothers are adjusting to new parenthood. This critical period is marked by significant biological, psychological, and social changes, which are currently insufficiently supported. The 4th trimester perspective draws attention and calls for resources to address overlapping maternal health domains. Multiple issues intersect during this critical time: maternal mood and emotional well-being; infant care and feeding; sexuality, contraception, and birth spacing; sleep and fatigue; physical recovery from childbirth; and medications, substances, and exposures. By comprehensively addressing these interconnecting needs, service providers can improve health and well-being across two generations.
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Mothers, Infants, Psychological Patterns, Well Being, Infant Care, Sexuality, Contraception, Birth Order, Sleep, Fatigue (Biology), Drug Therapy, Substance Abuse, Pediatrics
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