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MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing:
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Reconceptualizing the Nurse's Role in the Newborn Period as an “Attacher”

Karl, Donna J. MS, APRN BC, PNP; Beal, Judy A. DNSc, RN BC; O'Hare, Cynthia M. MSPH, RN; Rissmiller, Patricia N. DNSc, APRN BC

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Abstract

In the first few days and weeks after a child's birth, attachment is a major task for the mother and her newborn. Success in this long-term psychological process is associated with positive life-long outcomes for both the parenting mother and her child. This article proposes a relational approach to newborn nursing grounded in the principles of attachment theory. Understanding this “attacher” approach can benefit nurses by bringing a gratifying depth to their practice and can benefit families by helping mothers and newborns address the most compelling task before them.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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