Psychosis in Early Motherhood
Issue 24 – September 2010Author: Amanda Campbell (c/o email@example.com)
- Women are particularly at risk of mental health problems in the time after childbirth
- Psychosis in this time is predominantly understood as caused by biological and hormonal changes but could also be understood as driven by the significant life changes and experiences that occur prior to, during and after childbirth
- Childbirth is a time of many social expectations and pressures, with the expectation of being a time of fulfilment, joy and development of the bond between mother and child.
- Mental health problems do not fit the social ideal of motherhood as a time of fulfilment