Pre- and Postnatal Psychology and Medicine

Goetz Egloff (Editor)
Psychoanalyst, Practice for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Mannheim, Germany

Dragana Djordjevic (Editor)
Institute for Prenatal Psychology and Medicine, Heidelberg, Germany

Series: Pregnancy and Infants: Medical, Psychological and Social Issues
BISAC: MED082000



Volume 10

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Pre- and postnatal psychology and medicine belong closely together, encompassing anthropological, biological and psychological aspects. Both psychoanalysis and infant mental health research have contributed largely to the subject, as have neonatology and social pediatrics. The human being seems to commence at the point of birth, when families are founded. Yet even before, during the prenatal period, significant influences on the unborn child and on mothers-to-be have been observed on different levels.

The volume contributes to integrating clinical theory and practice through presenting research findings from the maternal perspective and from both the unborn and the infant perspective, putting them in a practical context. It emphasizes the need to view the human being as bio-psycho-social being, thus providing a possible integration of psychic and somatic approaches.
Topics included are, among others, psychosomatic obstetrics, unborn and infant development, fetal brain development, parental dealings with preterm delivery, neonatal care, psychotherapy, and medical psychology of reproduction. Clinical accounts from international experts serve a panoramic view of pre- and postnatal factors affecting human personality, providing readers with seminal issues from conception through child development.
(Imprint: Nova Medicine and Health)


Chapter 1. From Sexuality to Eroticism: The Making of the Human Mind – Implications for Women´s Psychosomatics
(Ferdinand Fellmann, Rebecca Walsh and Goetz Egloff, Department of Philosophy, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany, and others)

Chapter 2. Experiences Linking Obstetrics with Psychotherapy
(Rupert Linder, Practice for Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, Birkenfeld, Germany, and others)

Chapter 3. Prenatal Dynamics and Fetal Existence
(Olga Gouni and Anastasia Topalidou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece, and others)

Chapter 4. Fetal Brain Development
(Otwin Linderkamp, Institute for Prenatal Psychology and Medicine, Heidelberg, Germany)

Chapter 5. Pre- and Postnatal Psychosomatics in the Social Context
(Goetz Egloff and Dragana Djordjevic, Practice for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Mannheim, Germany, and others)

Chapter 6. Parenting Styles, Emotional Intelligence and Attachment
(Elena Doinita Nanu, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Bucharest University, Bucharest, Romania)

Chapter 7. Parenting Preterm Infants: Influence of Parental Gender and Dyadic Sensitivity on Infants' Cognitive and Interactive Development
(Erica Neri, Simona Spinelli, Augusto Biasini, Marcello Stella and Fiorella Monti, Deptartment of Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy, and others)

Chapter 8. Freud and the Prenatal Dimension of Emotional Experience
(Ludwig Janus, Institute for Prenatal Psychology and Medicine, Heidelberg, Germany, and others)

Chapter 9. Time and Psyche
(Goetz Egloff, Institute for Prenatal Psychology and Medicine, Heidelberg, Germany)

Chapter 10. Veiled, Trivialized, Ignored – the Decisive Origins of (Self-) Destructiveness
(Walter Boehmer, Freelance Artist, Boehl-Iggelheim, Germany)

Chapter 11. A New Scientific Paradigm for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
(Ludwig Janus, Institute for Prenatal Psychology and Medicine, Heidelberg, Germany)

About the Contributors


Obstetricians, Gynecologists, Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Psychotherapists, Midwives, Infant Mental Health Researchers

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