What about the mother and family when an infant doesn`t sleep?

Rolls, C. and Hanna, Barbara 2001, What about the mother and family when an infant doesn`t sleep?, Australian journal of primary health, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 49-53.

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Title What about the mother and family when an infant doesn`t sleep?
Author(s) Rolls, C.
Hanna, Barbara
Journal name Australian journal of primary health
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 49
End page 53
Publisher Vic Public Health Assoc, Aust Instit for Primary Care and School of Public Health LaTrobe University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1448-7527
Keyword(s) infant sleep disturbance
residential care
maternal fatigue
early parenting centres,
sleep disorders
Summary Becoming a new parent is a time of enormous change in the lifestyle of women, particularly as women are expected to take on prime responsibly for caring for the child. Motherhood can be exhausting and lonely as women cope with the demands of a new baby. These demands are exacerbated when infants do not sleep. This causes many parents to seek professional intervention with persistent infant sleep problems. Through focus group interviews, this study sought to understand the experiences of 28 women and families in how they coped with and managed an infant with sleep problems. Results indicated that women experienced major role confusion as they internalised the image that 'a good mother does it all'. Persistent infant crying and their own sleep deprivation exacerbated their loss of identity and shattered their self image, and caused anger and confusion in some partners. Each woman sought primary health care support through a five day residential stay in an Early Parenting Centre in Victoria. The women found that this professional support facilitated confidence building and feelings of normality. Most important, staff encouraged the women to feel good about themselves and their ability to manage future sleep problems.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008409

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