Maternal-newborn bonding concept analysis




Barker, Jayne
Daniels, Adrienne
O’Neal, Kymberly
Van Sell, Sharon

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Maternal-newborn bonding is the complex process of attachment between a mother and newborn. The authors used the Walker and Avant methodology to conduct a concept analysis regarding maternalnewborn bonding as it relates to advanced practice nurse (APN), the patient, and health care. The attributes of maternal-newborn bonding include affection, association, attachment, and relationship. The consequences of maternal-newborn bonding include love, trust, protection, and maternal-child relationship. The APN must be able to recognize and understand the importance of maternal-newborn bonding to have anoptimal outcome for the patient. A model case, borderline case, and contrary case were discussed to provide an example of the maternal-newborn bonding concept. Discussion regarding empirical referents is also included.


Article originally published in International Journal of Nursing & Clinical Practices, 5(1). English. Published Online 2018.


Maternal-child relationship, Process of attachment, Bonding disorders


This is the publisher’s version of an article that is available at Recommended citation: Barker, J., Daniels, A., O’Neal, K., & Sell, S. (2017). Maternal-newborn bonding concept analysis. International Journal of Nursing & Clinical Practices, 4(1). This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.