The teenage mother admitted to the nurse that

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18. The teenage mother admitted to the nurse that sometimes she was sorry she had the baby, and all she wanted was to be able to sleep all night. Which of the following is the most appropriate action for the nurse to take? It may help the mother to know that this situation is something all new mothers face and that her feelings are normal. Explaining normal growth and development for infants, not toddlers—including an expectation of when the baby might sleep through the night—would be most appropriate at this time. This would emphasize that the baby will eventually sleep through the night and the mother’s sleep will no longer be interrupted. In other words, there is hope. Suggesting that the grandmother provide assistance may be helpful, but it will not allow the teenager to recognize that these feelings are normal. Calling Child Protective Services is not appropriate. DIF: Cognitive Level: Synthesis REF: p. 354
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