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Interview with Tessa Baradon: Part 1

In this interview we talk to Tessa Baradon who is a parent-infant psychotherapist and Clinical Director of the Anna Freud Centre. Tessa begins by describing the way in which the …

Methods of working during the first year

In this video we examine some of the different methods of working in the postnatal period that are explicitly aimed at promoting the parent’s relationship with the born baby or …

The benefits of home visiting

This article describes the long-term effects of the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program on children’s criminal and antisocial behaviour when the participating children are 15 years of age. The article describes …

Methods of working during pregnancy

In this video we examine some of the different methods of working in the antenatal period that are explicitly aimed at promoting the parent’s relationship with the unborn baby or …

Levels of intervention

In this video we define some of the key methods of working in terms of whether they are offered to all parents (universal); target specific groups of parents who may …

The impact of mental representations in pregnancy

Recent research has begun to identify the importance of the mother’s capacity for mental representations, or her imagined relationship with her baby, in pregnancy. Maternal representations in pregnancy can be …

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 …

Mental representations in pregnancy

Last week we spent some time thinking about the concept of reflective functioning, and its impact on infant attachment as a result of the way in which it influences the …

Interview with Vivette Glover

In this interview Dr Vivette Glover, Professor of Perinatal Psychobiology at Imperial College London, describes the concept of ‘foetal programming’, and research about the impact of stress during pregnancy on …

The impact of stress on the developing foetus

The mother’s emotional mind in pregnancy may alternate between feelings of happiness and relaxation, and other less optimal feelings such as anxiety and depression. Anxiety during pregnancy is common, and …

Bonding with the unborn baby

Bonding can be defined as an emotional tie from parent to infant. Bonding and attachment are often used interchangeably but they are different. Mothers ‘bond’ with their babies but the …

Foetal development defined

In this video we examine the three key stages of foetal development (i.e. the three trimesters of pregnancy). We describe the concept of ‘foetal programming’ and the implications of such …

Week 3 preview

In this part of the course we have examined the role of attachment in both enabling the infant to regulate their emotional states and in terms of internal working models …

The impact of reflective functioning

The research has consistently shown that the parent’s attachment status is a significant predictor of the infant’s attachment status. For example, a review of studies that had measured adult attachment …

Interview with Arietta Slade

In this interview Jane talks to Arietta Slade, who is Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, Co-director of Minding the Baby and an internationally recognised theoretician, clinician, researcher, …