TAKING-IN PHASE: FIRST 3 DAYS
1. Mother focuses on her own primary needs, such as sleep and food.
2. For the nurse to listen and help the mother interpret the events of delivery to make them more meaningful is important.
3. This phase is not an optimum time to teach the mother about baby care.
TAKING-HOLD PHASE: DAYS 4 TO 10
1. The woman is more in control of independence.
2. The woman begins to assume the tasks of mothering.
3. This phase is an optimum time to teach the mother about baby care.
1. Mother may feel deep loss over separation of the baby from part of the body and may grieve over the loss.
2. Mother may be caught in a dependent-independent role, wanting to feel safe and secure yet wanting to make decisions.
3. Teenage mothers needs special consideration because of the conflict taking place within them as part of adolescence.
Information retrieved from: Saunder's NCLEX-RN examination