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Pre and Perinatal Psychology to Improve Birth Outcomes

by Heather Clarke, CNM, DNP. FACNM
  • Duration: 60 Mins
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  • Learning Format: webinar
  • Handout: Yes
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Traditionally, obstetrics has failed to regard the unborn child (prenate) as a conscious being with the ability to feel or be influenced by its perinatal experiences. The field of pre and perinatal psychology dates back to 1981 with Dr. Otto Frank, an assistant to Dr. Sigmund Freud published his book on the trauma of birth” Since that time, the sciences of embryology, hypnosis, neurobiology and epigenetics have provided evidence to show that from as early as conception, the prenate is influenced psychologically and physiologically by events which occur in the womb. Through implicit or cellular memory, a newborn traumatized during the perinatal period, may develop dysfunctional behavioral patterns to cope with unresolved emotional triggers.. The earlier in life the unresolved issues were first experienced, and the response, can prompt epigenetic changes beginning as early as in utero. These intrauterine epigenetic changes can manifest as mental and/or physical disease in adulthood. By understanding theories of pre and perinatal psychology, clinicians can introduce practices and protocols to help their clients avoid, resolve or mitigate the impact of perinatal trauma.

Learning Objectives:

Objectives 1: Participants will learn to identify the origins of theories related to pre and perinatal psychology;
Objectives 2: Participants will learn how epigenetics may influence fetal development and birth outcomes beginning as far back as three to four generations;
Objective 3: Participants will be shown how to discuss polyvagal theory and its impact on maternal child bonding and social behavior.

Categories: Birth Memories,