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Transition to Parenthood
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… and baby makes three Both pregnancy and adding a new family  member rank highly in Social Readjustment  Rating Scale  (Holmes and Rahe,  1967) Historically,  researchers attached the term  “crisis” to the concept of becoming a parent  (Hill,  1949) No longer used in this way, but gives an idea of the  perception of this life change Holmes TH, Rahe RH (1967). "The Social Readjustment Rating Scale".  Psychosom Res   11  (2): 213–8.
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Couple Relationship Before birth Focus more on baby than couple/partner View partner as lover and parent Adjust to physical changes of woman’s body Can we still have sex? May become closer or more distant Closer: more time together, creating a child together Distant: stress/conflict about finances, parenting, work
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Couple Relationship After birth Division of labor: usually more traditional Easy for husband and wife to grow apart Intense focus on roles as dad and mom
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