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The journey of becoming a mother

Journal of Perinatal Education, 17(4), 43- 47, October 2008

Photo Needed Judith A. Lothian, Ph.D., R.N.
College of Nursing

The physical and emotional changes of pregnancy and, then, labor, birth and breastfeeding play vital roles in guiding women on the journey of becoming a mother. Standard prenatal care and medicalized labor and birth interfere in powerful ways with nature's plan and, consequently, women's ability to negotiate this journey. In this column, these issues are explored, and implications for childbirth education are discussed.


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