Complications in the postnatal period

Gamble, Jenny and Creedy, Debra (2010). Complications in the postnatal period. In Sally Pairman, Sally Tracy, Carol Thorogood and Jan Pincombe (Ed.), Midwifery: Preparation for practice 2nd ed. (pp. 971-987) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

Author Gamble, Jenny
Creedy, Debra
Title of chapter Complications in the postnatal period
Title of book Midwifery: Preparation for practice
Place of Publication Chatswood, NSW, Australia
Publisher Elsevier Australia
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
Edition 2nd
ISBN 9780729539289
Editor Sally Pairman
Sally Tracy
Carol Thorogood
Jan Pincombe
Chapter number 40
Start page 971
End page 987
Total pages 17
Total chapters 42
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This chapter discusses physical and psychological morbidity following childbirth. The postnatal period is conventionally defined as extending to six weeks following birth. After this time, women are presumed to have physically recovered from the birth and able to resume their roles. However, some women experience ongoing health problems related to the pregnancy and birth that persist during the first year postpartum. The considerable variety, duration, and severity of morbidity are now being documented. In the past, health problems were narrowly defined as medical conditions requiring medical treatment, such as haemorrhage, thromboembolism and infection. More recently, researchers have broadened the scope of their work to incorporate women's perspectives on their health, encompass both physical and emotional dimensions of wellbeing, and recognise the persistence of problems that are commonly experienced. This chapter commences with a review of physical complications and morbidity following childbirth. The second section relates to common emotional complications such as postnatal depression and anxiety disorders.
Keyword Anxiety disorders
Emotional support
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Section three: Collaborative Practice

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