Becoming a Parent : The Emotional Journey through Pregnancy and Childbirth (Family Matters (John Wiley & Sons).)

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Becoming a Parent : The Emotional Journey through Pregnancy and Childbirth (Family Matters (John Wiley & Sons).)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 190 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780470860908
  • DDC分類 155.6463

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An emotional survival guide to pregnancy and childbirth Like the other volumes in the Family Matters series, this authoritative new book provides expert advice to ordinary people struggling with everyday challenges--in this case, the emotional trials of new mothers. Enduring the stresses of pregnancy and giving birth are only half of what it takes to become a parent. The other half involves adjusting emotionally to the reality of a newborn. With tips on getting outside help and "discussion points" useful in self--therapy, Becoming a Parent offers real--life solutions, based on actual cases, to every sort of difficulty new parents might expect. Jackie Ganley (London, UK) works for Britaina s National Health Service.

Table of Contents

About the author                                   xi
Preface xii
Acknowledgements xvii
1 Deciding on parenthood 1 (20)
What are we letting ourselves in for? 1 (1)
What does it mean to be a family? 2 (2)
What does it mean to be a mother? Changes for 4 (3)
women
The tasks of parenting 7 (4)
The needs of parents 11 (5)
Isn't the decision different for everyone? 16 (2)
What if I don't become pregnant? 18 (1)
Who can help? 19 (1)
Discussion points 19 (2)
2 Conception 21 (10)
Conception: the other side of family planning 21 (1)
Discovering you are pregnant 22 (1)
When pregnancy doesn't happen 23 (1)
Infertility 24 (3)
Taking a different path 27 (1)
The emotional impact of fertility problems 28 (1)
and treatments
Who can help? 29 (1)
Discussion points 30 (1)
3 The stages of pregnancy 31 (38)
Introduction 31 (1)
The first few weeks: fears and acceptance 32 (10)
Morning sickness 42 (2)
How to cope with morning sickness 44 (2)
'I still can't believe I'm pregnant': the 46 (2)
increasing role of technology in our
experience of pregnancy
Getting rid of bad habits: drinking and 48 (3)
smoking issues
Miscarriage 51 (2)
A time for change 53 (1)
The mid-pregnancy: making plans 53 (5)
'I haven't had a chance to think about my 58 (2)
pregnancy': building a relationship with the
baby
The pregnancy coming to an end 60 (1)
'I still don't think I'm ready to be a 61 (5)
parent': changing roles for all
Who can help? 66 (1)
Discussion points 67 (2)
4 Specific psychological difficulties in 69 (16)
pregnancy
But don't we all feel fed-up at some point? 70 (1)
Depression in pregnancy 70 (4)
Anxiety and panic attacks during pregnancy 74 (2)
Eating disorders and body image 76 (4)
Substance use, aggression and acting out 80 (1)
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse 81 (1)
Looking beyond pregnancy 82 (1)
Who can help? 83 (2)
5 Birth 85 (24)
So what exactly is a domino? The choices and 86 (5)
decisions surrounding birth
Labour 91 (3)
What can I do about the pain? 94 (4)
Feeling involved in your labour 98 (5)
Complications and loss 103 (3)
Who can help? 106 (1)
Discussion points 107 (2)
6 The first few days 109 (24)
Your baby arrives at last! 109 (1)
Forming a relationship with your new baby 110 (4)
Caring for your baby: feeding, sleeping and 114 (5)
being held
Babies requiring special care 119 (3)
The experience of new parents 122 (3)
'Baby blues', post-natal depression and 125 (1)
post-partum psychosis: complicated reactions
to having a baby
Baby blues? 126 (5)
Those first few days! 131 (1)
Who can help? 131 (1)
Discussion points 132 (1)
7 The first six weeks 133 (26)
Feeding your baby 134 (2)
Crying 136 (3)
Sleeping 139 (2)
Interacting, exploring and learning 141 (1)
Changing relationships 142 (1)
The recovery of the mother 143 (1)
What is post-natal depression? 144 (10)
Getting help with post-natal problems 154 (2)
Who can help? 156 (1)
Discussion points 157 (2)
8 Managing anxiety and depression 159 (18)
Understanding and coping with stress and 159 (4)
anxiety
How does anxiety affect people's lives? 163 (1)
What causes anxiety problems? 164 (1)
'How can I cope with anxiety/manage my life 165 (1)
differently?'
Understanding and coping with depression 166 (2)
Step 1: 'Why am I depressed at the moment?' 168 (2)
Identifying problems
Step 2: Learning new skills 170 (6)
Who can help? 176 (1)
9 The journey that never ends 177 (4)
Looking ahead 177 (1)
The new 'me' 178 (3)
Addresses of useful organisations 181 (4)
Designing diaries: Anxiety, depression, drinking 185 (2)
References 187 (2)
Index 189