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Nepali women who are continuously supported by their husbands during labour are more likely to report greater postnatal support and lower levels of anxiety
  1. Lesley Dixon
  1. Practice Advice and Research, New Zealand College of Midwives, Christchurch, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Lesley Dixon, Practice Advice and Research, New Zealand College of Midwives, 376 Manchester St, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand; practice{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The transition to parenting involves major changes for most women and support is often needed.

  • Maternity caregivers need to assess sources of social support for each woman and promote understanding within her community of the importance of social and physical support during the postnatal period.

  • The influence of emotional, physical and psychological support on a woman’s psychosocial health following birth continues to be poorly understood and requires more research.


The transition to motherhood is a major life change which requires a period of adjustment for most women. This change can affect a woman's personal identity and social role, and lead to …

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