Relationship with Mother

  • Regina Lederman
  • Karen Weis


The significance of the pregnant woman’s relationship with her mother has been emphasized in the literature as an important factor in adaptation to pregnancy and motherhood (Ballou, 1978; Deutsch, 1945; Tulman & Fawcett, 2003, Uddenberg, 1974; Wenner et al., 1969). A positive relationship with the mother also predicted successful adaptation to pregnancy (Lewis, 1989). In our initial multidisciplinary research project presented in  Chapter 1, the quality of the pregnant woman’s relationship with her mother was related not only to psychosocial conflicts in pregnancy, but also to physiological measures of progress in labor (Lederman, Lederman, Work, & McCann, 1978, 1979). In another project (Lederman, 1989). Relationship with Mother was predictive of postpartum adaptation scales of Confidence in a Motherhood Role and Satisfaction with Motherhood and Infant Care Tasks. These studies also demonstrated that the relationship with the mother appeared to influence the gravida’s identification with and adaptation to a motherhood role. It previously was noted that a woman’s ability to identify her motherhood role depended on the availability of good models and on her early experience of mothering. The research results revealed the importance of the pregnant woman’s past and current relationship with her mother.


Role Model Postpartum Depression Natural Mother Maternal Role Childbirth Experience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TexasGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.United States Air Force School of Aerospace MedicineBrooks-City BaseUSA

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