Date of Award
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
The purpose of this scholarly project is to provide occupational therapists with access to an educational website that helps fill the current gaps in care for mothers and advocates for the occupational therapy profession to contribute to a mother’s care team.
A substantial literature review was completed to gather information about difficulties mothers encounter and how occupational therapy can assist mothers with the difficulties. To find reliable and trustworthy information on what issues and conditions a mother may experience and how occupational therapy can help mothers, various search engines were used. The findings from the literature review were used to create the product.
It was found that many mothers experience mental and physical difficulties during the perinatal and postnatal period. It was also found that occupational therapy can play a significant role in caring for mothers to help them overcome their difficulties and fill the current gaps in care. A website was created to provide a resource for mothers and occupational therapists to use. It was also created to advocate for how occupational therapy can be a helpful service for a mother whole she transitions to motherhood. The content in the website is intended to educate mothers as well as provide occupation-based intervention techniques/strategies for mothers to use to improve occupational performance during the perinatal and postnatal period.
Grabarkewitz, Alana and Swanson, Lydia, "Occupational Gearing For Child Rearing: Occupational Therapy’s Role in Helping New Mothers Succeed After Giving Birth" (2020). Occupational Therapy Capstones. 439.