Parents' Ambivalence Toward Their Newborn Baby: A Problem in Community and Professional Denial

Gilliam, Kathleen
July 1981
Child Welfare;Jul/Aug81, Vol. 60 Issue 7, p483
Academic Journal
Stress produced in parents by childbirth is largely ignored because of lack of information about the effect of the postpartum period on parents and cultural myths portraying this period as one of unalloyed joy. The author outlines the difficulties parents face, describes her experience with a postpartum intervention program; and discusses obstacles met by the program as a result of a cultural unwillingness to acknowledge parental ambivalence toward a newborn child.


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