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Therapeutic Arts in Pregnancy, Birth and New Parenthood

1st Edition

Edited by Susan Hogan


272 pages | 70 B/W Illus.

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Therapeutic Arts in Pregnancy, Birth and New Parenthood explores the use of arts in relation to infertility, pregnancy, childbirth and new parenthood. It is the first book to bring all these subjects together into one accessible volume with an international perspective.

The book looks at the role of the arts in health with respect to the pregnancy journey, from conception to new parenthood. It introduces readers to the ways in which art is being used with women who are experiencing different stages of childbearing - who may be unable to conceive and are struggling with infertility treatment, experience miscarriage and loss, a traumatic birth, or grief over the loss of a baby. It also elucidates how art making offers a means for women to express and understand their changed sense of self-identity and sexuality as a result of pregnancy and motherhood.

The book has an international compass and is essential reading for arts therapy trainees and arts in health courses and will also be of interest to other health professionals and artists.


This is a very important international contribution to the theory and practice of the arts and arts therapies, addressing the experiences of women over the whole field of childbearing. The editor acknowledges that ideals around pregnancy and childbirth are highly contested, and as can be expected from Professor Hogan, she gives a prominent place to the social, political and cultural context in which childbearing takes place.  Many of the carefully selected contributors share very moving personal as well as professional experience.  An original, accessible and rigorous account of a somewhat neglected area of work within the arts therapies.  Highly recommended.

Professor Diane Waller OBE

MA(RCA) DPhil Dip Psych FRSA

Emeritus Professor of Art Psychotherapy

Goldsmiths University of London

Hon.President British Association of Art Therapists

This is an important new book, which so usefully helps expand the knowledge of the role of Art Therapy and Therapeutic arts in such a sensitive and intimate clinical area of work. It will help promote the importance we should give to the very beginning of life and the emotional and psychological experiences that are faced by those involved.

Ed Kuczaj  Chair Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists.

This looks like a fascinating book, of interest to art therapists for our clients, but also for ourselves as a largely female profession.

Dr Sally Skaife (Art Therapist)

Table of Contents

1. Arts in Health in Pregnancy, Birth & New Parenthood; 2. Metaphorically Maternal - Finding Potential Space through the Experience of Grief and Loss associated with Infertility; 3. Art Therapy and Pregnancy Loss: A Secret Grief; 4. Overcoming severe fear in late pregnancy. The use of art therapy in mother healthcare in the South of Sweden; 5. Lost and Found: Locating Meaning within the Landscape of Perinatal Loss; 6. Re-framing Motherhood: Photography as a Creative Application to Re-Image Mother; 7. Representing motherhood, regression or transgression?; 8. Conversations in Recovery: The Ambivalence of the Maternal Experience; 9. Where can we make our home?; 10. ‘Myself as a Tree’: The enabling power of an Art Therapy Intervention in clinical work with post-natally distressed women-mothers; 11. Obstetric Violence – Silenced Issues; 12. Artful trans-itions and the queering of pregnancy, birth and (m)othering; 13. Mothering Mothers; 14. Mechanisms of change within a dyadic model of art therapy for parents and their infants; 15. And If the Bough Breaks: The Use of Individual Art Therapy within a Perinatal Mental Health Service; 16: Possible Additional Chapter: Art Therapy in a Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service; 17. Art therapy for motherhood and families as a way to support positive parenting.

About the Editor

Susan Hogan is Professor of Arts and Health, University of Derby and a Professorial Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham. Her books to-date are: Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy; Healing Arts: The History of Art Therapy; Gender Issues in Art Therapy; Conception Diary: Thinking About Pregnancy & Motherhood ; Revisiting Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy; The Introductory Guide to Art Therapy; Art Therapy Theories. A Critical Introduction; Art Therapy Theories. A Critical Introduction (Korean translation); Arts Therapies & Gender. International Perspectives on Research; Gender and Difference in the Arts Therapies. Inscribed on the Body; The Introductory Guide to Art Therapy; The Maternal Tug: Ambivalence, Identity, and Agency.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health