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Week 4 preview

During the past week we have examined the way in which the mother’s mind in pregnancy can have both a direct and indirect impact on foetal development.

For example, it can have a direct impact as a result of the mother’s emotional mind and the transplacental transmission of maternal hormones such as cortisol on the infant’s rapidly developing nervous system. It can have an indirect impact as a consequence of the mother’s cognitive mind in pregnancy on her behaviours pre and post birth.

In the final week of this course we will examine what the research tells us about methods of supporting women during the perinatal period.

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This article is from the free online course:

Babies in Mind: Why the Parent's Mind Matters

The University of Warwick

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