Être mère malgré tout, une consultation transculturelle à la maternité

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Being a mother despite all, a transcultural consultation at the maternity ward Considering the temporality of a therapy concerning a suffering mother and child dyad in transcultural consultation, this article addresses primarily the tools used in the reconstruction of relational ties and bonding in the case of young mothers who have suffered multiple cultural traumas. The article addresses the psychological traumas and their possible consequences on the psyche, the results of therapeutic intervention, and touches upon the ultimate failure of the therapy, insisting on the importance of joint work between services within this population group.

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