Tea-Time Talks - The mental health of pregnant women and new mums
Speaker: Dr Franziska Wadephul, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull.
This talk will explore bonding with the baby during pregnancy. Defining, and measuring, bonding with the unborn baby is not straightforward. Bonding in pregnancy appears to involve emotional and cognitive processes: developing positive feelings towards the baby and thinking about and imaging what the baby is like, or will be like after birth. To what extent is it possible to have feelings for the unborn baby or to build up a relationship? Both seeing the baby on scan images and feeling the baby move may help parents to get to know the baby and build up a bond, but the research evidence for this is ambiguous. While it is generally taken for granted that bonding with the unborn baby is desirable and positive, it can also be a problematic concept. We will also discuss how bonding during pregnancy affects the relationship between the parents and the baby after birth.
About Dr Wadephul:
Dr Wadephul is a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Hull’s Faculty of Health Sciences. She is currently working on research into maternal well-being. She has a background in psychology and antenatal education and gained a PhD scholarship at the University of Hull in 2009. Her PhD explored pregnant women’s experiences of 3D ultrasound scans in pregnancy and societal discourses around 3D scans. She has been employed at the University for the last four years working on a range of projects in perinatal mental health and maternal health. She is currently working on a project to develop a model and measure of perinatal well-being. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in academic journals and has presented at conferences and seminar.
Cost: Free Admission – All welcome but booking is required in order to guarantee a place and to enable us to ensure we have an adequately sized room booked for the session. For more information and to book online, please click here.