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Midwives play a key role in enhancing relationships between a child and its parents for future well being. This book explores how the pressures inherent in the transition to parenting, and individual and social circumstances may make it difficult for mothers to respond sensitively to their babies' needs. Midwives are encouraged to use their skills of observation and analysis to recognise and provide appropriate emotional, educational and practical support to assist vulnerable women to bond with their baby and the baby in turn forming a secure attachment with it's mother. Midwives are also in a unique position to recognise potential or actual child abuse and are required to take such action as is necessary to safeguard the child from harm.