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First Trimester Focus

  1. Self as primary focus
  2. Ambivalence


Second Trimester Focus

  1. Fetus as primary focus
  2. Narcissism and introversion
  3. Self as protector of fetus


Third Trimester Focus

  1. Dependence
  2. Vulnerability


Safe Passage

  • Primary task
  1. Woman seeks safety for herself and her baby
  2. Cannot move on to other tasks until safety is assured
  3. Seeks care of a physician or nurse-midwife and follows recommendations about diet, vitamins, rest, and subsequent visits for care


Securing Acceptance

Partner and family response to pregnancy

  1. Continues throughout pregnancy
  2. Important persons in the family accept the woman in the role of mother and welcome the baby into the family
  3. Woman and father of baby must give up an exclusive relationship and make a place in their lives for a child
  4. When partner expresses pride and joy the woman feels valued and comforted
  5. Support and acceptance from own mother
  6. Problems may occur if the family strongly desires particular characteristics and the woman believes that the family may reject an infant who does not meet the criteria


Giving of Self

Nurturance and support of fetus

  1. Woman allows herself to give space and nuturing to the fetus
  2. Provides food, care, and acts of thoughtfulness


Maternal Tasks of Pregnancy

  1. Safe Passage
  2. Securing Acceptance
  3. Giving of Self
  4. Commitment to Child


Paternal Developmental Tasks

  1. Acceptance of reality of pregnancy
    1. Ambivilance
  2. Seeking recognition as a parent
    1. Primary VS Secondary
  3. Establishing relevance to the childbearing process
    1. Creation of paternal role



  1. Conflicting feelings
  2. Half of pregnancies are unintended
  3. Worries about added responsibilities/ability to be a mother/how this pregnancy will effect the relationship with other children


Committing herself to the unknown child

  1. Attachment begins early in pregnancy when the woman binds in to the idea that she is pregnant, even though the baby is not yet real to her.
  2. In the second trimester, the baby becomes real
  3. Report feedback from their unborn infants during the third trimester
  4. Comfortable with the isea of being a mother
  5. Some women delay attachment to the fetus until they feel sure the pregnancy is normal and will continue

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