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Traumatic Birth Fear and Recovery

Traumatic Birth – Fear and Recovery

Birth trauma is increasingly gaining attention.  Once women only spoke in a veiled way about their experiences of birth.  Now, women are speaking more honestly and openly about their experiences. When birth has been frightening or difficult, women are also sharing their stories of pain and anxiety – but also

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What is Perinatal Depression

What is Perinatal Depression?

Perinatal depression (PND) is a mental health condition that can affect women after birth.  The condition was previously referred to as postnatal depression, but it is recognised that symptoms of depression can also arise during pregnancy. The perinatal period refers to the time during pregnancy (antepartum) and also after birth

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Circle of Security Parenting

Circle of Security Parenting

Supporting the Development of Emotionally Secure Babies and Children. A Framework for Understanding Children’s Needs:  Reducing Confusion Parenting can be a bit like trying to fold a fitted sheet: confusing, challenging, and impossible to do perfectly.  Whilst you can stuff an unruly fitted sheet into the cupboard and forget about

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Birth Trauma – Prevalence and Diagnosis

Birth Trauma – Prevalence and Diagnosis

Prevalence It is estimated around 1-3% of women in community samples experience PTSD following childbirth.  Amongst high-risk samples, this rate increases to 16 % of women.  These were women with a history of trauma, low levels of social support and psychopathology in pregnancy (Grekin & Ohara, 2014) Diagnosis For mental

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Intrusive Thoughts of Harm in Early Motherhood

What are these scary thoughts? As a perinatal psychologist, one of the topics that frequently comes up in the therapy room is patients disclosing to me their experience of intrusive thoughts of harming their infants. Patients often feel confused, sometimes ashamed by this experience. Often, it’s in the context of

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Perinatal Anxiety

There is growing awareness of postnatal depression amongst the community.  It is estimated that around 1 in 7 new mothers and 1 in 10 new fathers experience postnatal depression.  Rates of postnatal anxiety are estimated to be similar amongst new parents, and it is not uncommon for depression and anxiety

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trauma in the transition to parenthood

Trauma and the Transition to Parenthood

Unresolved trauma in parents can cast long shadows over family relationships.  It can subtly shape interactions and affect the quality of emotional connection. In new mothers, unresolved trauma can lead to difficulties adjusting to motherhood.  Trauma might arise because of the birth, or because pregnancy and birth activate other traumatic

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Parent Support Guidelines Following Preterm Birth

The experience of having a preterm baby admitted to NICU is enormously challenging for families.  The birth often rapidly descends into a frightening, emergency situation followed by separation from their critically unwell infant. They then learn that the infant may face serious, long term health complications and they must wait

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