Psychiatric Consultation in Childbirth Settings

Parent- and Child-Oriented Approaches

  • Richard L. Cohen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction and Background

  3. The Building Blocks

  4. Consultation Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Richard L. Cohen
      Pages 107-113
    3. Richard L. Cohen, Katherine L. Wisner
      Pages 115-136
    4. Klaus K. Minde, Donna E. Stewart
      Pages 151-164
    5. Nancy L. Day, Patricia A. Coble, Marie D. Bloom
      Pages 207-217
    6. Ann P. Walker, M. Anne Spence
      Pages 219-227
  5. Areas of Special Concern

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Margaret F. Jensvold
      Pages 231-239
    3. Richard L. Cohen
      Pages 241-251
    4. George A. Huber, Kathleen R. Negley, Loren H. Roth
      Pages 253-265
  6. Summary and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Richard L. Cohen
      Pages 269-272
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 273-282

About this book


The primary purposes of this volume are: 1. To provide mental health practitioners with a current overview of our knowledge about normal parental development during pregnancy and its relation to fetal development, with particular emphasis on the impact of acute and chronic stress on these developmental processes. 2. To provide an understanding of the general state of the field of pregnancy and childbirth care both in conventional health systems and in alternative options. 3. To provide an understanding of models of consultation and liaison that are adapt­ ed to the special conditions of pregnancy and childbirth care, as contrasted to the more traditional modes that characterize these activities in medical and surgical hospitals. If there prove to be secondary gains as a result of pursuing these goals, so much the better. The most desirable of these would be a heightening of awareness of the mental health needs of "pregnant families" and of the risks they incur in transition from non­ parenthood to parenthood, and a more effective level of primary and secondary prevention of childhood mental disorders. These latter goals are more global and perhaps even a bit grandiose. Their attainment could only be documented through a series of carefully designed research projects aimed at measuring long-range developmental outcome in children and families who have experienced appropriate and early intervention during the pregnancy period.


birth intervention pregnancy prevention stress

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard L. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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