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Women's Health During and After Pregnancy

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Women's Health During and After Pregnancy

SKU# 9780826119940

A Theory-Based Study of Adaptation to Change

Author: Lorraine Tulman DNSc, RN, FAAN, Jacqueline Fawcett PhD, ScD (hon), RN, FAAN, ANEF


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This book describes the results of the authors' NIH-funded study of more than 200 women during pregnancy and postpartum. Their Theory of Adaptation during Childbearing, presented in the book and derived from the Roy Adaptation Model, views this period as a time of profound change requiring considerable adaptation. Many aspects of pregnancy and postpartum are discussed, including physical and psychosocial health, functional status, and family relationships. Implications for nursing practice, and recommendations are included. This book was written for nursing and medical students, maternal-child health nurses, midwives, and social workers, obstetricians, pediatricians, and policy makers.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 30, 2002
  • Page Count 208
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826119940
  • EISBN 9780826119957

About The Author(s) 

Jacqueline Fawcett, PhD, ScD (Hon), RN, FAAN, ANEF, is a professor in the University of Massachusetts at Boston Department of Nursing. She has been an educator for more than 40 years, and previously has held faculty positions at the University of Connecticut and the University of Pennsylvania. She is a prolific writer, and has served as lead or coauthor for 15 books, more than 200 journal articles, and 97 chapters and monographs. Three of Dr. Fawcett's books have won American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards--The Relationship of Theory and Research (1992, with Florence S. Downs), Contemporary Nursing Knowledge (2005), and Evaluating Research for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (2009, with Joan Garity). She has been elected to Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Lambda Theta, and the American Academy of Nursing. She continues to serve on the editorial review panels of several journals. She received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Boston University (1964), and her master of arts degree in parent--child nursing with a minor in nursing education (1970) and a PhD in nursing (1976), both from New York University. Dr. Fawcett received a doctor of science degree Honoris Causa from Universite Laval, in Quebec, Canada (2013). She was named a Living Legend by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (2012), and received the Betty Neuman Award for Nursing Leadership from Walsh University Byers School of Nursing in North Canton, Ohio (2015).

Table of Contents 

    Part I: Introduction
  1. A Theory of Adaptation During Childbearing

  2. Part II: Adaptation During Pregnancy
  3. Physical Health and Functional Status During Pregnancy
  4. Weight Gain and Functioning During Pregnancy
  5. Anticipating Delivery and Motherhood

  6. Part III: Adaptation After Delivery
  7. Physical Health and Functional Status During the Postpartum
  8. Changes in Women’s Weight After Delivery
  9. Feelings about Motherhood, Family Relationships, and Functional Status

  10. Part IV: What Women Need During the Childbearing Period
  11. Looking Back at Childbearing: Women’s Recommendations
  12. Recommendations for Practice and Policy

  13. Part V: Conclusion
  14. Revisiting the Theory of Adaptation During Childbearing

  15. Appendix