Transgenerational trauma: maternal childhood maltreatment and perinatal outcomes

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Lucy Purnell explores a recent systematic review, which finds that maternal childhood maltreatment is associated with adverse perinatal mental health experiences, and this association is mediated by disruptions to maternal emotional functioning.

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CBT reduces depressive symptoms in mothers with perinatal depression, but many questions remain unanswered

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In her debut blog, Kyla Vaillancourt summarises an umbrella review, which suggests that CBT is the most effective treatment for reducing symptoms of perinatal depression. However, many questions remain about psychological support for mothers, infants and families during the perinatal period.

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Perinatal loss and mental health: are psychosocial interventions beneficial for parents?

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Jill Domoney explores a recent review, which suggests that psychosocial interventions may improve depression, anxiety, and grief amongst parents suffering from perinatal loss.

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Can psychosocial interventions help reduce parental substance use?

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In her debut blog, Lilli Waples summarises a recent Cochrane Review on the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to reduce parental substance use.

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Isolation and loneliness in women living with perinatal depression: how can we heal our dislocated self and relationships?

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In her debut blog, Jacqueline Kent-Marvick reviews a qualitative study exploring the role of isolation and loneliness in the narratives of women diagnosed with perinatal depression.

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Playing on uneven playing fields: low income, parental stress and maternal depression

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Aggelos Stamos reviews a cross-sectional Canadian study that explores the links between low socioeconomic status, parental stress, maternal depression, and the mediating role of social capital in mothers.

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Not all wealth is health: how does parental wealth affect children’s cognitive ability, mental and physical health?

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Vishal Bhavsar reviews a cohort study which finds that greater parental housing wealth was associated with fewer emotional and behavioural problems in children.

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Mindfulness based childbirth and parenting: positive impact on stress and depression

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In her debut blog, Sophia Ahmed summarises an RCT which finds that Mindfulness based childbirth and parenting can help to reduce stress and depression in expectant mothers.

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Singing speeds up recovery from postnatal depression faster than usual care #LetsTalkMentalHealthII

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Saoirse Finn writes a #LetsTalkMentalHealthII blog about group singing for women with postnatal depression.

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Infant-feeding behaviours: Can PSAS scores predict the recipe for success?

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Melisa Selvaratnam summarises a study on postpartum-specific anxiety as a predictor of infant-feeding outcomes and perceptions of infant-feeding behaviours.

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