Motherhood in the Face of Trauma

Pathways Towards Healing and Growth

  • Maria Muzik
  • Katherine Lisa Rosenblum

Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Trauma and Consequences for Mother and Child

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Diana Morelen, Katherine Lisa Rosenblum, Maria Muzik
      Pages 23-37
    3. Alytia A. Levendosky, G. Anne Bogat, Nicola Bernard, Antonia Garcia
      Pages 39-54
    4. Cheryl Tatano Beck
      Pages 55-67
  4. The Biological Impact of Maternal Trauma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Cecilia Martinez-Torteya, Julie D’Amico, Michelle Gilchrist
      Pages 85-98
    3. Virginie C. Perizzolo Pointet, Dominik A. Moser, Francesca Suardi, Molly Rothenberg, Sandra Rusconi Serpa, Daniel S. Schechter
      Pages 99-112
  5. Healing and Recovery

About this book


This volume offers an overview of the latest research on perinatal adaptation among women who have faced trauma, loss and/or adversity, both in childhood and/or as an adult, and describes the varied trajectories of adaptive and maladaptive coping that follow. The range of outcomes considered span from health-limiting (e.g. mental illness, substance use, unhealthy life style behaviours) to health-promoting (e.g. resilience and posttraumatic growth).  These outcomes are examined both in relation to mothers’ experience of motherhood and parenting, and with regard to their children’s lives.

Interpersonal trauma, experienced in childhood and/or or adulthood, can have a profound effect on how women experience the transition into motherhood – from pregnancy, to childbirth, and postpartum caregiving. Women across the globe are exposed to high rates of interpersonal violence, and face the physical and emotional consequences of such events. The shift into motherhood is an emotionally evocative period in a woman’s life, entailing not only challenges, but also the potential for healing and growth.

Individual chapters will present state-of-the-art research, and will also highlight the voices of women who have personally experienced trauma, illustrating the effects on their experiences as mothers. Throughout the book, the consistent emphasis is on clinical implications and on ways that providers can create a context for healing and growth with the help of current evidence-based and promising treatment methods.


childhood adversity/trauma contributions/cultural context global perspective/international impact on entry to motherhood impact on parenting and offspring wellbeing interpersonal violence/domestic violence resiliency – healing – growth

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Muzik
    • 1
  • Katherine Lisa Rosenblum
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-65722-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-65724-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-5693
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-5707
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