You Might Need a Prenatal and Infant Psychology Specialist if…


Early intervention is the best prevention.

  • Are you unsure whether you and your baby have bonded well or if something has gotten in the way of building a positive bond, such as a hospitalization for you or your baby, postpartum depression, adoption or foster care, extreme fussiness or severe parent stresses?
  • Does your baby have trouble taking in comfort by looking away, stiffening or arching away when held, or doesn’t calm down when comforted?
  • After 6 months of age, does your baby not show any stranger awareness or does not respond differently to parents and unfamiliar people?
  • Is your baby excessively clingy or anxious? Will he or she not move away from you even for a short distance to explore toys or interact with other children?
  • Are you having a hard time liking your baby, or if it seems as though most of your interactions are negative or upsetting?
  • Are you worried about your baby’s sleeping, feeding, toilet training, or other concerning behavior?
  • Do you feel that you overreact, yell, or hit your child, or feel extreme distress when your child shows certain typical or unusual behaviors?
  • Are you concerned about how your own experience of being birthed, raised, or parented might affect your own parenting?
  • Are you or your baby having trouble with breastfeeding or other feeding methods?

These are only a few examples of how prenatal and infant psychology could benefit you and your baby. If you are concerned about yourself or your baby, please contact contact me at for more information.

“Attachment behavior is any form of behavior that results in a person attaining or maintaining proximity to some other clearly identified individual who is conceived as better able to cope with the world.”  – A Secure Base, John Bowlby

The Importance of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology



Growth and development are generally the only factors that individuals think about when it comes to the life of their unborn child. However, studying psychology provides a much clearer image of just how these developments are occurring. It is believed that consciousness, our personality, drives and ambitions, are all developed in the months between conception and birth. Taking a scientific approach, we are able to see that from conception we are remembering, feeling, and aware beings that have personalities and traits that will  continue to develop into adulthood. Women help shape the lives of their unborn children by events that happen to them while pregnant.  Her thoughts and feelings during pregnancy also play a major role. Communication between mother and child during these critical months is essential  How your child behaves cannot be predicted with absolutely certainty, however mothers that support the emotional and intellectual needs of their unborn, tend to have mentally healthy and happy children. A father’s role  is also essential to the health and wellbeing of the child. Bonding early will help parents have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with their children from the beginning.

Although this is only a small example of the importance of  Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology there are some great websites and resources below that can give you more information if you are interested.

Bonding and Attachment Difficulties


Infant Bonding And Attachment: Frequent Overnights With Non-Resident Parent Leads To Insecurity

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Very Preterm Babies Show

Bonding Difficulties Despite Parental Sensitivity

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Mothers Love

Divorce Hits Youngest Kids the Hardest,

Study Finds

“Divorce may be worse for parent-child bonding if parents split when kids are young, new research suggests.”

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Postpartum Depression and Mental Health Support


“This Emotional Life”: Postpartum Depression

“Bonding is a process, not a finite event”

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Mental Health Support for Pregnant Women & New Mothers is Not Good Enough, Report Says

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10 Ways to Cope with Postpartum Depression

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More on Postpartum Depression

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Bonding, Brain, Intelligence & Play

Video by James W. Prescott

Newborn Baby

“Child and human development are experience dependent. The sensory experiences shared between mother and infant establish the templates, the predispositions and patterns that shape each human life. Some sensory experiences are more important to the early developing brain and how it unfolds. Peace and violence, free play and fear based conditioning, intelligent or reflexive people societies and cultures hang in the balance. James W. Prescott Bonding, Brain, Intelligence & PLAY. Produced by Michael Mendizza and Touch the Future.”

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Many Baby Products Contain Toxic Flame Retardants


“On December 6, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) filed legal notices saying major retailers are violating California state law by not warning consumers about various baby products that contain potentially toxicflame retardants. It noted that nap mats used in daycares nationwide, baby products from Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart and other major retailers contain a cancer-causing chemical.”

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Researchers Investigating Children’s Emotions


“A group of researchers from Victoria University’s School of Psychology are taking part in a three-year trans-Tasman project to understand how children make sense of their emotions.”

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Bonding and Attachment Articles

Co-sleeping: Yes? No? Maybe so?


“Co-sleeping is the practice of having your infant or child sleep in the same bed with one or both parents. Today, co-sleeping is still widely practiced and has garnered much attention in recent times as both being a healthy mode of building attachment and bonding, and contributing to an increased risk of infant death due to suffocation, entrapment or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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Simple Steps Can Create Strong Bonds With Children


“Attachment, positive or negative, shapes how a child will relate to the world, learn and form relationships.”

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Reflections on Attachments and

How They Shape Us


Attachments to important people in our lives have positive or negative effects on our adjustments, depending on how they treat us and how we perceive them.”

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Attachment and Bonding Disorders


“When this process is interrupted, or does not occur at all, infants and children can develop specific problems in one or more of these areas. These can manifest as behavioral, emotional and learning difficulties as well as possible developmental delays. The degree of disturbance can vary from quite mild to severe.” 

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What is Birth Trauma?


“Babies express their birth trauma in a number of ways. These include their body language, gestures and crying. Each of these forms of expression are highly specific to the babies experience of their birth.”

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The Science of Bonding


Interesting article by two different authors discussing bonding.

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