Selfish vs. Selfless: Conflicting Views of Motherhood and the Role of Self-Care-New Qualitative Data Emerges

Abstract: 

New Study Emerges

This push and pull of visions of perfect martyrdom with the need for self-care is at no other time more present than new motherhood.  A recent qualitative study, “The Role of Maternal Self-care in New Motherhood” by Barkin and Wisner (2013) explored women’s perceptions of the role of maternal self-care in postpartum period and the barriers to employing self-care. Critical to postpartum wellness are increasing understandings of the mechanisms of self-care and their importance in the lives of new mothers. In a qualitative study of three focus groups consisting of 31 new mothers (had given birth during the year prior to enrolling in the study), Barkin & Wisner (2013) examined the relationship of 1) women’s perceptions of self-care, 2) how women applied self-care in new motherhood, and 3) the barriers to practicing self-care.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Web Article
Authors: 
Walker Ladd (formerly Karraa)
Year of Publication: 
2013
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Science and Sensibility
Publisher: 
Lamaze International
Date Published: 
Monday, May 13, 2013
Publication Language: 
English
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