1. You are caring for Linda, who has just delivered her first baby. You are responsible for assessing Linda’s condition during recovery and for doing patient
teaching when the opportunity arises.
A. While she is recovering, you keep checking her fundal height. Linda asks you how her uterus will go back to the way it was before she had the baby. How
would you explain this physiologic process? What could impede the process?
B. Linda wants to know how long she should expect to bleed. What would you tell her?
C. The next day Linda appears very passive and you have overheard her telling everyone who will listen about her labor experience. What phase of adjustment
is Linda going through? What other stages should she go through while adjusting to her new role?
2. Gretta and Sam just had their first child. Gretta is excited and talkative about her birth experience and wants to keep her baby with her constantly. She tells
you his name is Joseph and they will call him “Joey” for short. Gretta is breast-feeding and is attentive to Joey’s needs. You observe that Sam does not
initiate contact with the baby but when Gretta insists that he hold Joey, he picks him up slowly and awkwardly and stares at his face for a long period of time.
When Joey cries, he immediately returns him to Gretta’s arms.
A. Based on your observations of Sam’s interactions with Joey, where is Sam developmentally in the process of paternal attachment and bonding?
B. What nursing interventions could you implement that would assist Sam in the transition to fatherhood?