Explore the importance of supporting women emotionally

Explore the importance of supporting women emotionally in the transition to motherhood.  Critically analyse the psycho-social factors and intergenerational issues that may impact a mother’s mental health and how it can lead to poor mother-infant attachment.  Reflect on the role of a child and family health professional through the essay and the strategies used for early prevention and intervention in order to promote the best outcomes for children of women with perinatal mood disorders.



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Transitioning to parenthood, particularly motherhood is a momentous life event, bringing everlasting changes in a new mothers’ identity, sense of self-worth and relationship dynamics.  It also has the capacity to cause havoc and upheaval to organisation and structure of daily and family life (Aktar et al., 2019). Mental Illness runs in families and is highly prevalent. Research which has emerged over the years discloses mental health disorders in mothers including intergenerational issues, enhances the risks and upsets the homeostatic balance during pregnancy and adversely impacting the growth and development of the fetus which exposes women to increased psychosocial distress (Kinsella & Monk, 2009). It is Indisputable that maternal perinatal disorders such as prenatal anxiety and depression leads to increased risks of adverse outcomes such as attachment disorders and awareness of maternal mental health prior to and during pregnancy is essential to anticipate the severity or prevention of adverse mother-infant attachment disorders. (DiPietro et al., 1996) This essay explores the psychosocial vulnerability and mental health issues on mother infant attachment during neonatal transition and how the role of a child and family health professional can use strategies for the prevention and interventions to promote the best outcomes for the children of women with mental health issues and perinatal mood disorders.




The transition to parenthood is a major life event that brings profound and lasting changes in new parents’ relationships and personal identities as well as in the structure and organization of daily life. Becoming parents can be experienced as a highly rewarding but also a highly demanding task (1). The responsibilities of parenthood during the first year where infants fully depend on the caregivers can be stressful especially for parents with (predispositions for) psychopathology. This is why early parenthood is considered to be a period of vulnerability for the new onset and/or relapse of psychopathology in parents.​