Kathlene Smith

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PURPOSE To explore relationships between fatigue, depression, stress, and infection in the postpartum. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS This was a cross-sectional, correlational design with a sample of 119 new mothers at 4 to 6 weeks postpartum. Mothers completed fatigue, mood, and stress instruments as well as maternal and infant infection checklists. Morning(More)
PROBLEM Little is known about immunological recovery in post-partum women and if lactational status affects immunocompetence. Many physiological changes occur, such as uterine involution and recovery of non-pregnant immune status. These changes may also affect susceptibility to disease. METHOD The study compared immune and inflammatory activation markers(More)
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