Psychological Perspectives on Pregnancy and Childbirth


  • Sarah Clement, BSc, PhD, Cpsychol, Lecturer, Department of General Practice, Guy's and St. Thomas's United Medical and Dental School, London, UK

This book explores the psychological aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood--an area usually overlooked in the perinatology literature. 20 multidisciplinary contributors discuss what parents and their children experience during this emotionally charged period. The result is a much-needed resource that will help health professionals to provide more supportive and empowering care.
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Book information

  • Published: February 1998
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-05760-1

Table of Contents

Women's Experiences of Antenatal Ultrasound Scans. Antenatal Care: What Do Women Want?. Psychological Support in Pregnancy. Continuity of Carer: the Experiences of Midwives. Choice, Control and Decision-Making in Labour. Having a Homebirth: Decisions, Experiences and Long-Term Consequences. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following Childbirth: Causes, Prevention and Treatment. Psychological Effects of Stillbirthand Neonatal Loss. Special Care Babies and Their Carers: Experiences, Needs and Relationships. Working with Breast-Feeding Mothers: the Psychosocial Context. Women's Experience of Postnatal Support. Men Becoming Fathers: 'Sometimes I Wonder How I'll Cope'. Teenage Motherhood: Experiences and Relationships