Can the health professionals’ psychological behaviour contribute to more mothers and newborns leaving the birth room strengthened and ready for their new lives; and fewer leaving the birth room with psychological trauma in the form of birth trauma, stress, anxiety, postpartum depression, and lacking in the initial attachment? Psychological trauma can affect the mother-child relationship far into childhood.
Psychologist Henrik Dybvad Larsen explores these questions using two psychological theories: Pre – and perinatal psychology, and the polyvagal theory.
We know something about how health professionals must act during birth, but what is the psychology behind staff behaviour?
Which psychological mechanisms are at play in the birthing woman when the birth goes well, and when it doesn’t?
And what about the child? Is that purely biology, or is psychology at work here as well?
The presentation is one hour, follow by 30 minutes of discussion.