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Estudos Interdisciplinares em Psicologia

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FONSECA, Marina Nogueira de Assis; ROCHA, Tamires Sousa; CHERER, Evandro de Quadros  and  CHATELARD, Daniela Scheinkman. The ambivalences of being mother: a report of health psychology. Est. Inter. Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.9, n.2, pp. 141-155. ISSN 2236-6407.

Gestation, although experienced by many women, is not an equal experience for all. Several social and subjective aspects influence this period. Thus, the interventions of the psychologist are relevant, since they act allowing the encounter of the woman with the exercise of motherhood in her own way. This study is a report of a mother attended at the maternity of a public hospital in Brasilia. We sought to reflect on the ambivalences present in the experience of motherhood. In the case investigated, the feeling of maternal guilt resulted to be associated the baby's current rejection with the initial refusal of gestation. Thus, the symbolic place given to the baby, as well as the maternal history, were crucial elements developed in the care. It was possible to see the importance of calling into question some ambivalences and issues that permeate motherhood, opposing a social tendency to idealize it.

Keywords : pregnancy; maternity; hospital psychology.

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