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JPE 30.2: Reimagining Postpartum Support

JPE 30.2: Reimagining Postpartum Support

JPE 30.2: Reimagining Postpartum Support

Sally J. Placksin, BA
Sally J. Placksin, BA
on behalf of Lamaze International

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Launch date: 09 Jun 2021
Expiry Date: 09 Jun 2024

Last updated: 12 Jun 2021

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This article introduces the author‘s emerging new paradigm (“perinatal participation”) that reimagines postpartum support by helping expectant parents have more peace of mind, confidence, self-compassion, and emotional wellbeing over the course of their perinatal journeys, with special focus on feeling more prepared for all that happens after baby arrives. The author’s work rests on the shoulders of her 1994 book, Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings and Needs After Childbirth. Perceiving a new urgent need to support expectant parents three decades later (the need to alleviate the high stress levels in expectant parents she was talking to) the author explored filtering the expectant and new parent’s experience through what she calls a “peace-of-mind lens.”


Discuss the author’s shift from a mother-centered lens to a peace-of-mind lens for viewing postpartum.
Describe how the author came to the conclusion of using 21-months as the timing of the perinatal period (one year after birth).
Recall recommendations for changes to medical postpartum visits and supporting postpartum families' personal timelines.
Discuss the four categories of postpartum support from the article.
Sally J. Placksin, BA

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Sally J. Placksin, BA
on behalf of Lamaze International

SALLY J. PLACKSIN is a New York-based multi-award-winning author and public radio writer/producer of over 300 public radio programs in the fields of jazz, literature, arts, and parenthood. She works with expectant parents to help them create postpartum support plans that highlight peace of mind and emotional wellbeing. She wrote and produced a National Public Radio documentary on Supportive Postpartum Traditions in Diverse Cultures. Her 1992 book, Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings & Needs After Childbirth, continues to be on required reading lists for doula certification programs. She is a Birth Story Medicine Listener and a Becoming Us New Parenthood Tour Guide.

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  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)
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