• The perinatal period refers from the time a woman becomes pregnant and up to one year after birth. This can be a time of great change involving physical changes in a woman’s body image, psychological changes regarding her relationship with her partner or supportive others, perhaps anxiety over her career development  and the choices she will make regarding labour, home and work/life balance and life with her newborn.

  • There is a particular relationship between mood disorders and pregnancy and the postnatal period. One in six women is affected by mental issues and stress during pregnancy or after birth (Oates and Rothera, 2006). Depression and anxiety disorders in the antenatal and/or postnatal period may be  linked to adverse developmental outcomes in infants due to dysfunctional relationship (or attachment) styles.

  • Often women find it difficult to find support and acceptance when feeling anxious or negative about themselves especially when media and magazines may promote pregnancy and  parenthood as easy. It is of huge importance infants feel secure in their attachment to their primary caregiver in order that they develop with security and confidence as children, however this is not always possible. Children grow into adults, intergenerational patterns are played out and re-enacted and their is little support available for many prospective parents, although this is changing slowly.

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Perinatal support and therapy offers a space to explore intergenerational patterns of coping, and gain support in caring for your infant with a knowledge of your own past and why you may have felt depressed, anxious or alone.