1st Edition

Handbook of Perinatal Clinical Psychology From Theory to Practice

Edited By Rosa Quatraro, Pietro Grussu Copyright 2020
    330 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    330 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book examines the major issues in perinatal clinical psychology with the presence of theoretical information and operational indications, through a biopsychosocial approach.

    The multiplicity of scientific information reported makes this book both a comprehensive overview on the major perinatal mental health disorders and illnesses, and a clinical guide. It covers perinatal clinical psychology through a journey of 15 chapters, putting the arguments on a solid theoretical basis and reporting multiple operational indications of great utility for daily clinical practice. It has well documented new evidence bases in the field of clinical psychology that have underpinned the conspicuous current global and national developments in perinatal mental health.

    As such, it is an excellent resource for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners – in fact, anyone and everyone who wishes to understand and rediscover, in a single opera,  the current scientific and application scenario related to psychological health during pregnancy and after childbirth.


    Fiona Alderdice


    Perinatal psychology and clinical practice

    Rosa Maria Quatraroª & Pietro Grussu°

    PART I


    1. Overview of Perinatal Maternal Stress

    Dawn Kingston & Muhammad Kashif Mughal

    2. Fetal exposure to mother’s distress: new frontiers in research and useful knowledges for daily clinical practice

    Catherine Monk; Sophie Foss; Preeya Desai; Vivette Glover


    Pregnancy and delivery

    3. A precipice time - Reproductive Biotechnology - psychosocial impact and unintended consequences.

    Joan Raphael-Leff

    4. Psychological impact of infertility and assisted reproduction

    Tewes Wischmann

    5. Prenatal diagnosis: psychological impact and parents’ experience in presence of fetal anomalies

    Joann Paley Galst

    6. Miscarriage and pregnancy loss

    Natalene Séjourné ; Nelly Goutaudier

    7. Traumatic Childbirth: The Ever Expanding Ripple Effects

    Cheryl Tatano Beck


    Postnatal period

    8. Beyond the blues: stress, emotional experiences of women and modalities of intervention in the postpartum period

    Rosa Maria Quatraro; Pietro Grussu

    9. Parental emotional experiences after newborn hospitalization

    Lisa S. Segre; Sue L. Hall

    10. Emotional and practical needs in postpartum women: the role of family and friends support, and social networks

    Wendy Davis; Kimberly McCue; Brenda Papierniak; Christena Raines; Lita Simanis

    11. Breastfeeding and weaning: Parental well-being and psychological distress

    Jenny Perkel


    Risk of psychopathology and prevention

    12. Depression, anxiety and psychological distress in perinatal period

    Jeannette Milgrom; Alan W. Gemmill

    13. Risk factors for depression and anxiety in perinatal period

    Alessandra Biaggi & Carmine M. Pariante

    14. Screening and early detection of women at risk of perinatal psychopathology

    Alessandra Bramante

    15. Postpartum psychosis, bipolar disorders and mother-baby unit

    Florence Gressier ; Ingrid Lacaze de Cordova ; Elisabeth Glatigny ; Nine M.-C. Glangeaud-Freudenthal; Anne-Laure Sutter-Dallay (Centre Hospitalier Charles Perrens, Bordeaux, France)


    John Cox


    Rosa Maria Quatraro (PhD, PgD Clinic Psy) is a psychologist, psychotherapist, and specialist in clinical psychology. For over 20 years, she has carried out clinical, research, training, and supervision duties in the field of perinatal psychology and psychopathology.

    Pietro Grussu (PhD, PgD Clinic Psy) is a psychologist, psychotherapist, and specialist in clinical psychology. For over 30 years, he has carried out clinical and research duties in the field of perinatal psychology and psychopathology in the National Health Service and at Italian Universities.

    "Rosa Maria Quatraro and Pietro Grussu have brought together a collection of outstanding international researchers and clinicians who deeply enrich our understanding of the full range maternal perinatal psychological disorders – stress to PTSD, their effects on the developing fetus, infant, and family. The book also provides a theoretical and clinical guidance for dealing with them and alleviating suffering."

    Edward Tronick, PhD, Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program, University of Massachusetts Boston and Department of Newborn Medicine, Harvard Medical School, USA

    "This handbook is an invaluable resource for all working to improve women’s perinatal mental health and well-being. The issues covered, from theory to practice, from women to families, are comprehensive and evidence informed." 

    Debra Bick, RM, BA, MMedSci, PhD, Department of Women and Children’s Health, School of Life Course Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London, United Kingdom

    "A bio-psycho-social approach in perinatal health care is essential. This book prepares professionals in the field with an excellent overview of the interdisciplinary aspects along with comprehensive practical advice."

    K. Marieke Paarlberg, MD PhD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Gelre Hospitals, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

    "Rosa Maria Quatraro and Pietro Grussu have assembled a star line-up of authors for their edited volume, Handbook of Perinatal Clinical Psychology: From Theory to Practice…it makes a very strong contribution to the field and I highly recommend it."

    Michael W. O’Hara, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, book review in Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology