Psycho-adaptive changes and mindful breastfeeding in the postpartum period after previous perinatal loss
Oznur Korukcu (1), Kamile Kabukcuoglu (1)
(1) Akdeniz University Faculty of Nursing, Antalya, Turkey
Childbirth, which affects both the woman and her relatives, is one of the most important developmental transitions in a woman’s life. This developmental transition stage brings physical, psychological, social, and spiritual changes in women’s lives and affects new mothers’ wellbeing. Because it is directly related to the mother’s/baby’s health, examining the readiness of mother to childbirth and helping her to be a mindful mother are important caring interventions, especially for women who had a perinatal loss in her previous pregnancy. Mindfulness practices become a resource for birthing, parenting, and living with awareness, kindness, connectedness, and care.
The aim of this study was to emphases on mindfulness-based interventions in the motherhood process in women who had a perinatal loss in her previous pregnancy. This study employed a descriptive qualitative approach. Using the purposeful sampling method, 18 primiparous women who received postnatal care at the Antalya Education and Research Hospital between May-June 2017 were interviewed. A thematic analysis was conducted to derive themes from subthemes, which were derived from the contents of the interview.
The women’s experiences about psycho-adaptive changes were collected under eight main themes. These themes were respectively changed in values, change in personality, change in hand skills and time management, change in priorities, change in problem-solving skills, increase in self-esteem, change in social life, and change in relations. Some themes have sub-themes.
The findings of this study reveal that the mothers have experienced significant personal, behavioral, and life changes, have attained maternal identity and have adapted to their maternity roles.
Ethical approval was obtained from the Ethical Committee of the Antalya Training and Research Hospital that follows international standards and the principles adopted by the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki (Approval No: 70/05)
Keywords: Psycho-adaptive changes, breastfeeding, motherhood, perinatal loss