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Women’s Experiences of Postpartum Psychosis During the Onset and Early Days
Publication Date: 12/2018
Author(s): Author: Rebecca Stockley

Although research has identified some clear risk indicators for the onset of postpartum psychosis (PP), little is known about the experiences of women for whom onset appears to come “out of the blue.” Semi-structured interviews focused on seven women’s “out of the blue” experiences of PP during the onset and transcripts were analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Birth Imagery in Sandplay©
Publication Date: 09/2018
Author(s): Author: Jeane Rhodes

From JOPPPAH 21(1), Fall, 2006, this article, after introducing the sandplay© method developed by Dora Kalff, explores the images seen in the work of sandplay© clients that may depict birth and/or prenatal experiences. In contrast to other modalities that employ sand trays, the Kalfian method relies on the power of the medium; sand, water, a collection of miniatures, and a tray of specific dimensions, to evoke a process within the client that is not dependent upon interpretation for healing.

Book Review by Haylee Haas: Womb Prints: Discover Life’s First Impressions by Barbara Findeisen
Publication Date: 09/2018
Author(s): Author: Haylee Haas

Haylee Haas, BS Biology, Duke University ABSN Student, reviews Barbara Findeisen's book, Womb Prints: Discover Life's First Impressions.

Exploring the Narratives of Women Who Identify with the Term “Postnatal Depression”
Publication Date: 09/2018
Author(s): Author: Eloise Lea, Author: Joanna Heyes, Author: Helena Priest

This study explored the experiences of women who self-identify with the term “postnatal depression” and have accessed NHS services for treatment. This research gives a voice to these women and hopes to better understand how to work psychologically with them. Six women were interviewed and narrative analysis was used to explore their experiences. A single story was constructed to illustrate the shared meanings from the women’s experiences. This depicted trauma, feeling unheard, the use of language, and the impact of social constructs of motherhood as key narratives.

Psychological Interventions in Perinatal Community Mental Health Teams in the United Kingdom
Publication Date: 09/2018
Author(s): Author: Simone Davies, Author: Rebecca Horne, Author: Tal Moore

The promotion of perinatal mental health and the provision of effective, evidence-based psychological interventions has become a priority within the UK. Increased awareness of the impact of poor maternal mental health and improved financial investment has led to the rapid expansion of perinatal community mental health services. This evaluation was undertaken to learn more about the psychological provision within UK Perinatal Community Mental Health Teams (PCMHTs) at the end of 2017.

Sharing Space: Rising from the ashes - Reclaiming life, power, and purpose
Publication Date: 09/2018
Author(s): Author: Dianne Wright

This is poem about the pain and healing journey experienced in the loss of a child in utero.

Sharing Space: This Is My Story
Publication Date: 09/2018
Author(s): Author: Josep Marti Font

The following narrative is based on notes from a personal meeting between the editor, Jeane Rhodes, and Josep Font in June, 2018. Mr. Font had contacted Thomas Verny after reading his book, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, requesting an in-person meeting to relate his experience of having lived with intense memories of his gestation and birth experience throughout most of his life. He reported that finding Dr. Verny’s book felt like discovering a lifeline to acceptance of his personal experience.

The Black Hole: Exploring the Schizoid Personality
Publication Date: 09/2018
Author(s): Author: Shirley A Ward

Reprinted from JOPPPAH 23(2) Winter, 2008. This article investigates the relationship between traumatic events from conception to birth and Schizoid Personality Disorder, Dysfunction, and Deprivation. From extensive experiential work with clients, based on the work of the British psychiatrist, Dr. Frank Lake, and her own personal experiences, the author discusses the very painful schizoid personality dysfunctions and deprivations relating to traumas of great severity in the first trimester of life.

Validation of the Mothers’ Object Relations Scales Short-Form (MORS-SF)
Publication Date: 09/2018
Author(s): Author: John Oates, Author: Judit Gervai, Author: Ildiko Danis, Author: Krisztina Lakatos, Author: John Davies

A 14-item questionnaire, MORS-SF, was developed in a previous study to assess mothers’ representations of their infants. It was found to have good psychometric properties, being sufficiently reliable and internally valid to enable the further validation of the instrument with additional independently collected datasets.

Breema: Parenting with the Nine Principles of Harmony
Publication Date: 06/2018
Author(s): Author: Eileen Sendrey, Author: Alexandra Johnson

The practice of Breema offers support for intentional parenting by providing practical tools for being present in everyday activities and interactions by unifying body, mind, and feelings. This article provides background and examples for how using simple principles such as No Judgment, Firmness, and Gentleness, and No Hurry/No Pause in daily life offers a means for self-care in the midst of a hectic day.

Examining Misperceptions about Miscarriage in U.S. Adults
Publication Date: 06/2018
Author(s): Author: Sara L. Sohr-Preston, Author: Alison Chapman, Author: Shelby Morain, Author: Sarah Pardue, Author: Sarah Ford

Adults in the U.S., from a university or Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk), read a vignette about a woman experiencing a miscarriage and answered questions about reactions to the vignette, predictions about the subject’s future, demographics, knowledge of miscarriage, belief in a just world, locus of control, and liking of children. Participants anticipated the woman’s experience and future differently depending on their gender, her stated age, and whether she was trying to become pregnant.

Is Maternal-Fetal Attachment Affected In Women With Severe Mental Illness?
Publication Date: 06/2018
Author(s): Author: Shilpa V. Sivaraman, Author: Harish Thippeswamy, Author: Mariamma Philip, Author: Geetha Desai, Author: Prabha S. Chandra

Maternal-fetal attachment (MFA) is a process in which a mother-to-be engages in affiliative behaviors with her unborn child. MFA has a bearing on the dyad’s future mother-infant attachment, which in turn is necessary for adequate emotional and physical growth of the baby. Women with severe mental illness are likely to be at risk for impaired MFA. This study compared MFA in women with and without severe mental illness in order to study the relationship between MFA and maternal psychopathology.

The Death of a Mother in Childhood: Reflected in the Work of Two Writers
Publication Date: 06/2018
Author(s): Author: Ofra Lubetzky

From absolute dependence at the beginning of life, there are gradual changes to relative dependence on the way to independence. In the event of the mother’s failure or sudden death in the early stages, the process of development is distorted. This article deals with the loss of the mother in early childhood of two writers and how their mothers’ deaths influence their life and work.

When the Breast Says No The Missing Link: A Case Study
Publication Date: 06/2018
Author(s): Author: Antonella Sansone Southwood

This paper addresses the important questions about the impact of deep emotional issues rooted in the mother’s early childhood on her pregnancy, breastfeeding, bonding with her baby and the baby’s development. Drawing on a study case described in the author’s book, Working with Parents and Infants: A Mind-Body Integration Approach (2007), it explores the mind-body disconnection in conditions such as mastitis, highlighting aspects of breastfeeding never addressed before.

Fear versus Trust: The Impact of Fear on Birth Experience and Maternal Outcomes
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: Victoria Flores

This study explored women’s trust-based and fear-based beliefs about birth. It asked: Do women trust their bodies’ innate intelligence to give birth, or does fear override trust? The study sought to understand whether beliefs, fears, and trust associate with birth experiences and birth outcomes. Data were collected by way of a qualitative, cross-sectional survey distributed to Georgian Court University faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as to women undergoing HypnoBirthing, home birthing, and water birthing.

History of Pre and Perinatal (PPN) Parenting Education: A literature review
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: Christine McKee, Author: Peta Stapleton, Author: Aileen Pidgeon

This literature review focuses on the history of pre- and perinatal (PPN) parenting education. The topic constituted one area examined to inform four studies included in a PhD program of research that investigated factors to consider when designing, developing, and delivering PPN parenting programs for the 21st century.

Hospital-based Birth Support for Women with Trauma: A Pilot Study of a Clinical Doula Program in the Netherlands
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: Catharina Ooijens, Author: Jannet Bakker, Author: Irene de Graaf

Pregnancy and childbirth rank among life’s most important events for both women and men. It can also be a stressful experience for women for whom birth in a teaching hospital is indicated, given existing risk factors. A history of trauma may be one of these risk factors. Women generally receive excellent information about medical conditions and their consequences in an academic hospital, but are often not kept abreast of standard hospital protocols. They must also negotiate the hospital’s organizational structure and the frequent shift rotation of providers.

How Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Can Transform the World
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: David B Chamberlain

In the 20th century, it is likely that more people had the experience of birth than in all previous centuries combined: Most of the people who have ever lived are alive today. The current rate [in 1994] is almost 10,000 births per hour. In any given nine-month period, there are about 180 million expectant parents going through a unique life-changing experience. Research and therapy focused on the prenatal and perinatal period confirms that pregnancy and birth are formative experiences for both babies and parents.

New Fashioned Families: An Investigation of Bonding with Families Created Using Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogac
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: Ellynne Skove

This paper looks at the bonding process that is unique to the population of families created via assisted reproductive technology. A pilot study of parents, surrogates, and intended parents from four families was conducted via interviews using a phenomenological interview process, and in some cases, the subjects were also administered the Maternal-Infant Bonding Survey (MIBS) that identifies bonding disruptions. MIBS specialist, Dr. Antonio Madrid, determined results from the MIBS.

The Intellectual Marginalization of Childbirth and its Real-World Implications
Publication Date: 03/2018
Author(s): Author: Anna Hennessey

This paper focuses on the topic of childbirth, exploring the history of its marginalization within the humanities. This history becomes particularly salient when we compare academic research on birth to that on death. This paper demonstrates that ignoring birth on an intellectual level contributes to diminishing the topic more broadly on the cultural level, and this has real-world implications for how our societies treat children, women, and families.