Traumatology and Caring for the Widows
Social support is important in helping ward off psychological ailments such as stress, depression, and other maladaptive coping measures. Counseling services can especially help with the mother learning how to cope with these types of incidents. In addition, social support services can help with the daily stresses such as cleaning and cooking while the mother learns how to deal with the loss as well as adapt to the absence of the husband. Prenatal development can also be effected by trauma and stress. Stress is known to cause an increase in hormone levels such as Cortisol, which can have an impact on the baby’s development. Increased blood pressure and heart rate in the mother can also lead to more complications as far as birth defects and other illnesses that can be born with the baby. Lastly, stress and trauma have a high comorbidity with alcohol and other illicit substances. If a mother takes these drugs while she is pregnant, it can result in birth defects and abnormalities which could possibly lead to premature labor, still borns, or the death of the baby after birth. By making sure regular health checkups are in place for the mother, neonatal doctors and other medical practitioners can make sure that the baby is born free of illness and that the mother is living a healthy lifestyle, not only for herself, but for the child as well.