Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

The Awakening and Growth of the Human: Studies in Infant Mental Health

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

The Awakening and Growth of the Human: Studies in Infant Mental Health

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The Awakening and Growth of the Human: Studies in Infant Mental Health

(Videotape)

Michael Trout,

Director, The Infant-Parent Institute

501 South Street,

Champaign, Ill. 61820

The series of five tapes is aimed at an audience of clinicians, educators and researchers. I reviewed Unit 2 and Unit 4.

Unit 2. "The Psychological Dimensions of Pregnancy and Delivery"-a description of the intense but quite normal psychological work engaged in by a pregnant woman, how it changes her relationship with her mate, what difference this work makes for her future relationship with the baby, how it all comes together at labor and delivery to the benefit or detriment of the mother-infant bond, and how the father finds a place in this process and prepares for the newborn's arrival. This tape includes tape clips of mothers and fathers discussing their pregnancies. As an educational tool, the tape is appropriate for childbirth preparation instructors and physician inservices, as well as for the training of infant mental health clinicians. (AG-2)

This is an excellent presentation. It focuses on issues that are rarely discussed in childbirth classes for example the ambivalence that mothers feel at each pregnancy and birth, the psychological meaning of having a "new resident in your home," the mother merging with the baby and the gradual recognition of the baby as a separate individual, accomodating reality with fantasy at birth and the impact of miscarriage, to name but a few. …

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