Are you pregnant, live not too far from Tallahassee, Florida or Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and a first-time mom interested in prenatal education and tools for dealing with postpartum anxiety and related distress–which along with postpartum depression–are increasingly being recognized as a serious problem with negative consequences for both mom and baby?
Hope your answer is a resounding Yes! Why? Prenatal education is something this country, in general, is lacking. Actually, let me clarify. Sure, you have magazines and books catering to the expectant moms. But what I’ve said in several posts, actual hands-on training is sadly lacking. You may ask “But what about classes hospitals offer?” They are usually 1- or 2-hour classes with specific topics, like breastfeeding, childbirth and infant care. Well intended, but hardly adequate. Better than nothing, but still inadequate when you compare the childbirth preparation and assistance with the transition to motherhood that doulas (and communities in other cultures) provide the expectant mom.
So, going back to the question of whether you are pregnant and interested in prenatal training, then here’s a wonderful opportunity you shouldn’t pass up! The Florida State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are conducting an exciting research study, which investigates a prevention program for postpartum anxiety and related distress. My hope is that these studies will spur on more of the like throughout the country!
According to the Baby PREP site, which you should visit for more details, this program consists of one initial screening session, 6 FREE prenatal classes, and two follow-up appointments, for which you will be compensated $40. Participating in this program can help you feel more prepared for the adjustments and care of an infant for the first time. By feeling more prepared for this major transition, the first-time mother will be less likely to develop postpartum anxiety symptoms or distress. Not only can your participation help you, it will help researchers better understand how to more effectively prevent anxiety symptoms from developing in the postpartum period for others.
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