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An adaptive lens widens the exploration of postpartum depression to include the consideration of a mother's own primal history and its resurgence through the initiation of childbirth, her preparedness to thus "meet herself" and be seen by her baby, her experience of labor, birth, and the postpartum period; implications for a healthy attachment with her child and thus that child's lifelong development; and a call to recognize postpartum non-separation as an essential protective factor against postpartum depression.


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JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.

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