The Role Of Maternal Role Attainment Theory

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Ramona Mercer developed the Maternal Role Attainment Theory where she identified the four stages of role attainment to better clarify her theory (Noseff, 2014). The four stages include: before pregnancy, formal stage, informal stage, and lastly maternal identity (Noseff, 2014). Before a woman becomes pregnant she will undergo a mind changing perception for her future role (Noseff, 2014). The formal stage occurs after the baby is born and the mother mimics mothering skills taught to by the healthcare professionals (Noseff, 2014). The informal stage occurs when the mothers starts to care for her infant by doing it her own way and using her own judgment (Noseff, 2014). Lastly, maternal identity is then achieved when the mother has progressed through the previous three stages and develops a sense of self-assurance and harmony with her infant (Noseff, 2014). According to Noseff, reaching maternal role attainment is crucial for basic survival needs and mental of the infant and mother (2014). Maternal role attainment is a very multifaceted theory due to many variables that play a vital role in obtaining this state of competence (Noseff, 2014). These variables include: maternal age, perception of what the birth experience will be, health status, anxiety, depression, role strain, temperament of the infant, infants health status, social support and mother-father relationship (Noseff, 2014). Post partum depression and maternal identity will be explored throughout this paper. Eileen
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