Anxiety in the perinatal period is common and ranges from normative levels of concerns associated with adaptation to pregnancy and transition to parenthood, to severe and disabling anxieties which may disrupt this important transition and contribute to chronic stress and depression. Fears can relate to forthcoming parenthood, the reality of childbirth and infant care as well as the intrusive and disturbing thoughts seen in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
This session will outline the varied presentations of anxiety disorders in the perinatal period and discuss the situations where there is risk to both mother and fetus/baby. Clinical decision making is discussed and needs to incorporate an understanding of the impact of chronic anxiety on fetal development and birth outcomes and the disruption to emerging attachment.
Supporting women with anxiety in the perinatal period requires
- A comprehensive approach to assessment
- A formulation of risk and immediate needs for treatment
- And the use of both anxiety management and psychodynamic approaches.
Case studies will be used to illustrate these issues in practice.
About Dr Louise Newman
Dr Louise Newman is the Director of Women’s Mental Health at Albert Road Clinic in Melbourne.
Louise is an Australian Developmental Psychiatrist and has a particular interest in the field of infant psychiatry where she specialises in working with parents with babies up to three years of age. These parents often have psychiatric difficulties themselves and the resulting transgenerational issues and impact of trauma on early development is one of her primary research interests. With research staff at Monash University, she is investigating the impact of interventions for high risk parents. In addition, Newman performs refugee research on school aged children investigating the impact of traumatic experiences both before they arrive in Australia and as refugees. She is a strong advocate for young refugees and works to highlight the damage that can be caused to young people by detention and the refugee experience in Australia.
Recorded Friday, 10th September 2021
Recording and slides available for 30 day purchase.
Previous Webinar Recordings by Dr Louise Newman
The following recorded webinars are also available for purchase:
Special Babies with Dr Louise Newman:
Perinatal Mental Health after Traumatic Conception
Recorded 5th July 2021
Trauma around conception, pregnancy and birth can be a significant impact on the parent's capacity to acknowledge and accept the reality of the infant and understand their emotional needs. This discussion will outline the variety of situations encountered in clinical practice where the representation of the infant and early attachment can be distorted by the circumstances and conflicts in becoming a parent.
Parent-Infant Therapy for Transgenerational Trauma
Recorded in August 2020, $55 AUD.
Psychiatrist Louise Newman presents on Parent-Infant Therapy for Relational Trauma. Transgenerational attachment themes form a crucial part of the assessment of parent-infant psychodynamics. This approach to parent infant intervention focuses on supporting the parent in reflecting on their own early experiences and developing ideas about change and their wishes for a different form of relating with their own infant.
Working with Infant-Parent Emotional Interaction
Recorded in October 2020, $88 AUD
An Introduction to Relational Psychotherapy - This session provides an introduction to the model of interactional attachment based infant-parent psychotherapy and the key focus on observable emotional interaction.