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Stress in pregnancy

Geoff Ferguson - June 5th 2014

Our next workshop, on June 7th 2014, will consider the effects of maternal stress upon the unborn child. Our four speakers bring many years of experience from a range of perspectives.

Dr Nadja Reissland, D.Phil, MA, BSc, Cpsychol; Senior Lecturer Department of Psychology, Durham University

Stress in pregnancy: effects on the fetus

Dr Nadja Reissland has a long standing interest in emotional development and the expression of pain. My undergraduate dissertation entitled:  Cognitive maturity and the experience of fear and pain in hospital was published in Social Science and Medicine. Since then She has worked on the effects of stress and depression on normal infant development as well as the development of premature infants on the NICU. Currently She is working on fetal development in relation to maternal stress and depression.  She is going to report work of stress expressed by the fetus (from 12 weeks gestation) as well as maternal measures of stress and depression in relation to fetal development (from 24 weeks gestation).

Professor Vivette Glover, MA, PhD, DSc is Professor in Perinatal Psychobiology, Imperial College London and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London.

Maternal anxiety, depression and stress during pregnancy; effects on the fetus and the child

Vivette Glover is Professor of Perinatal Psychobiology at Imperial College London.  Her first degree was in Biochemistry at Oxford University, and she did her PhD in neurochemistry at University College London. She then moved to Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital, London. In more recent years she has applied her expertise in biological psychiatry to the problems of mothers and babies.

In 1997 she set up the Fetal and Neonatal Stress Research Group.   The aims are to study fetal and neonatal stress responses, methods to reduce them, and long term effects. The effects of the emotional state of the mother, both on the developing fetus and longer term on the child are being studied. Recent projects of interest include studies showing that maternal prenatal stress, depression or anxiety increases the probability for a range of adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes for the child. These include emotional problems, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, and cognitive impairment.   Her group are also studying the biological  mechanisms that may underlie such fetal programming.

She has published over 400 papers. She has been awarded the Marc Society Medal and has been a special advisor to the Department of Health on the Family Nurse Partnership and Preparation for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond.

Ann Herreboudt, Midwife, Parent Infant Psychotherapist in training.

Introduction-The experience of pregnant women groups

Ann Herreboudt has spent years working alongside renowned consultant obstetrician and gyneacologist Yehudi Gordon at his Viveka clinic and the famous John and Lizzie’s birth unit in St John’s Wood. She is also based at the Women’s Wellness Centre in Chelsea run by Gubby Aiyeda.

Dr Stella Acquarone, PhD (Psychology), Adult and Child Psychotherapist

Oversight in psychoanalytical theory of Pregnancy

Dr Acquarone is a member of British Psychological Society, Association of Child Psychotherapy, London Centre for Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS and the United Kingdom Registry of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is the founder of the School of Infant Mental Health in London, the Parent-Infant Clinic, Child Focus Consultancy, and the International Pre-Autistic Network and Charity.


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