MAMA project – perinatal depression

by Claudia Ravaldi

If you are a perinatal health care practitioner, participate in this research. Help us to help!

Perinatal psychology deals with everything that happens in the minds of mothers and fathers from conception to the first year of a newborn’s life.

This extended period has been the subject of specialized studies for many years: the transformative effect of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium on the life of women and couples has been known since the seventies. Like all life events, pregnancy and the birth of a child can also be accompanied by psychological discomforts, more or less intense, and trigger a series of complications that can be stemmed and managed with the minimum possible damage only if adequately recognized and treated.

With CiaoLapo we have been dealing with support for women and couples affected by perinatal bereavement for years: one of the biggest challenges is to recognize the expressions of bereavement and to distinguish them from the post-traumatic aspects, from the depressive aspects and from the complications that sometimes bereavement it carries with it.

Perinatal depression, in pregnancy or after childbirth, is something that touches us very closely as an association, especially in post-bereavement pregnancies.

It is something we have been trying to raise awareness on for some time.

Often, going home with a baby born alive and healthy after a bereavement and a painful pregnancy is not enough in itself to protect the minds of mothers and fathers from the wave of depression.

Mothers and fathers first in mourning and then depressed should NOT be reprimanded because “They are never happy”, because the worst is over, because now “they are parents!”. Parents should be supported.

In this perspective, thanks to a ten-year collaboration with Dr. Angelo Morese coordinator of the Master in Obstetrics of the University of Florence we have developed a questionnaire for perinatal operators, which we ask you to fill in.

Your answers will also be used for the Master’s thesis of two midwives, Ilenia Russo and Giulia Lombardo, who also collaborated in the drafting of the questionnaire.

It is very precious for us to understand the point of view of those who accompany mothers with or without previous bereavement in the adventure of motherhood. It is valuable to understand the basics from which we can start to work on risk factors, on the important symptoms to recognize, on the right way to connect with women who need support.

To break down the stigma on mental pathologies, it is necessary to know what they are, how they manifest themselves, what is needed and what is harmful instead.

We thank you for your cooperation.

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