Maternal and Child Health Journal

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ISSN / EISSN: 10927875 / 15736628
Published by: Springer Nature
Total articles ≅ 3,858

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, Anna V. Gamble, Elise F. Palzer, Ann M. Brearley, Dana E. Johnson,
Published: 4 February 2023
Maternal and Child Health Journal pp 1-11; https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-022-03574-4

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, Allison L. West, Anne K. Duggan, Cynthia S. Minkovitz
Published: 4 February 2023
Maternal and Child Health Journal pp 1-6; https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-022-03566-4

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Allison S. Bryant, Julia Coleman, Xiaomei Shi, Mariela Rodriguez, Airia S. Papadopoulos, Kristine Merz, Juli Leonard, Neela Samia,
Published: 2 February 2023
Maternal and Child Health Journal pp 1-8; https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-023-03605-8

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, Giulia Mauri, Alessia Carducci, Angelica Andreol, Lucia Bonassi
Published: 31 January 2023
Maternal and Child Health Journal pp 1-8; https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-022-03573-5

Abstract:
Introduction: Psychosocial risks increase the levels of not-integrated/ambivalent and restricted/disengaged representations during pregnancy, but no study has specifically analysed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal representation styles. Objectives: (1) to compare maternal representation styles in primiparous women who became pregnant before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and (2) to analyse the content of representation styles during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: A total of 37 Italian pregnant women were recruited from 2019 to 2021. The sample was divided into two groups: the pre-COVID-19 group (22 women, mean age = 33.14 years; SD = 3.78) and the COVID-19 group (15 women, mean age = 35.9 years; SD = 4.6). Interviews on maternal representations during pregnancy were administered and analysed for style and content. Results: Women during the COVID-19 pandemic reported more restricted/disengaged and less integrated/balanced representation styles than women pre-COVID-19. Content analysis showed that the COVID-19 pandemic led women to focus more on concrete aspects of pregnancy in lieu of emotional aspects, thus leading them to develop more restricted/disengaged representation styles. Conclusions for practice: In future pandemics pregnant women should be supported in focusing their attention to emotions, sensations and fantasies about themselves as mothers and their children.
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