Tag Archives: Mothers

What is the 4th Trimester Project?

In the 12 weeks following delivery, a woman must recover from childbirth, adapt to changing hormones, and learn to feed and care for her newborn. During this “4th Trimester,” many women experience considerable challenges, including fatigue, pain, breastfeeding difficulties, depression, … Continue reading

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Work Plan

New mother-infant dyads are at risk for a host of clinical concerns, including unmet breastfeeding goals, perinatal mood disorders, unsafe infant sleep practices, incontinence, tobacco recidivism, chronic disease and lack of access to acceptable contraception. These problems are extraordinarily common … Continue reading

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The 4th Trimester

The term “4th Trimester” reflects the concept that during the first months of life, newborns continue to function like a fetus in many ways; they require months of intense, ‘womb-like’ nurturing. A 4th Trimester perspective views the mother and infant … Continue reading

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Maternal Mood

Maternal Mood Key questions Patients: What did you know about perinatal mood disorders? What guidance was provided prenatally? In the hospital? By pediatric and maternity providers? If you were screened for depression with a questionnaire, how was it explained / … Continue reading

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Physical Recovery from Childbirth

Physical Recovery from Childbirth Key questions Patients: What aspects of recovery were most challenging for you? What do you wish you’d been told before birth? What questions did you have that your health providers unable to answer? What did your … Continue reading

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Infant Feeding

Infant Feeding Key questions Patients: What prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum support did you find helpful? How do you define successful breast-feeding? What clinical services and support were unhelpful? When you needed help, was it easy to access? Did they receive … Continue reading

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Sleep and Fatigue

Sleep and Fatigue  Key questions Patients: What did you hear about sleep and fatigue during pregnancy? What advice did you get during your birth hospitalization? After discharge? From your provider? From your infant’s provider? From friends and family? What resources … Continue reading

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Sexuality, Contraception and Birth Spacing

Sexuality, Contraception and Birth Spacing Key questions Patients: What guidance did you receive about sexuality, contraception and birth spacing during pregnancy? What was helpful? Not helpful? When was guidance provided? What understanding did you have about the methods that were … Continue reading

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Objective

Our goal is to bring together mothers, health care providers, and other stakeholders to define what families need most during the 4th Trimester.

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