Prenatal Fear of Loss of Self-Esteem in Labor

  • Regina Lederman
  • Karen Weis


The gravida’s concept of self is central to a consideration of preparation for childbirth. In attempting to elucidate each woman’s self-image, the interviewer arrived at an understanding of the woman’s unique character with its particular personality traits and tensions. This understanding helped explain her personal experience of childbirth. In varying degrees, many women fear that they will lose self-esteem in labor. The degree of fear depends on the stability of their sense of self. It is expected that a young mother who is reasonably confident about her new role will know who she is and will have a healthy sense of her own worth. However, the reverse is not necessarily true; that is, a woman with high self-esteem may not wish to have a baby or may not have an opportunity to have a child for one reason or another. A woman’s sense of self-worth is not necessarily determined by her need or ability to “nurture.” However, if she does need to “nurture” and has no child, she may seek satisfaction by working in the service professions, by serving the community on a volunteer basis, or by expressing her creativity through various activities and personal interests.


Body Image Postpartum Depression Guilt Feeling Postpartum Interview Healthy Sense 
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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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