There are many psychological factors in this case; however the three factors that I am going to discuss in this assignment are the maternal/infant attachment, maternal mental health and pain and coping. I shall begin by discussing each of these factors, using psychological research and evidence. I will then discuss the role of the midwife in relation to each factor.
Attachment is an emotional bond between two people. In his theory of attachment, Bowlby states that the bonds that are formed early in life can impact throughout the rest of a persons life. The bond between mother and baby is the earliest bond to occur between two people and it is extremely individualized. It can happen at or after the birth of the baby, a...
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