Can working with parents improve wellbeing for children with behavioural problems: My planned PhD research
This years Begin Before Birth conference will focus on interventions for maternal perinatal mental health and will be held on Thursday, 18 June at Imperial College London (Hammersmith Hospital).
There is a new public focus on perinatal mental illness and a realisation of the long-term problems that this can cause for the fetus and the child. A recent report from the LSE showed the known long-term costs of perinatal mental illness each year are £8.1 billion, mostly because of the impact on the child. For the first time, the March budget allocated £75 million over 5 years to perinatal mental health services, acknowledging the unmet mental health needs of pregnant women and new mothers.
Health professionals now urgently need the up-to-date themselves on the most effective interventions that can improve perinatal maternal mental health.
Professor Vivette Glover of Imperial College London has been working on these issues for the last twenty years and on 18 June at Hammersmith Hospital, she will be hosting Begin Before Birth: focus on interventions for maternal perinatal mental health.
This will be a valuable day for GPs, obstetricians, health visitors, psychiatrists, midwives, psychologists and commissioners.
International experts will discuss the most effective psychological and pharmacological interventions and how best to intervene with domestic abuse, to improve maternal mental health before and after birth, and thereby improve the outcomes for the child.
Full details can be found here.
‘Learning from Parents as Partners: a relational approach to family and system change’ conference: March 2015
Members of the pPOD research group attended the 'Learning from Parents as Partners' conference at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. Read the full post about the day here.
Paul Ramchandani has recently written for the Mental Elf on Parent Infant Psychotherapy. You can read the full article here.
Congratulations to Jane Iles who has won an Erasmus grant to travel to Leiden University, where she will work with a research group at the University and provide training on the Video-Feedback to Promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (ViPP-SD) intervention, used in the Healthy Start, Happy Start study.
Dot King recently won an associate award from the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN), Mental Health division for her work on the ACORN study. The award was presented at the CRN: Mental Health National Scientific Meeting in February 2015 in York.
Lauren Capron attended the 8th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Diseases (DOHaD) in Singapore in November 2013. The programme was themed “From Science to Policy and Action” and showcased the latest science and developments on basic, clinical, public health and programmatic research into early-life and developmental origins of health and diseases. Lauren was accepted to present her current work, from the ALSPAC cohort, focusing on the comparison between maternal and paternal depression during pregnancy with the later onset of offspring depression at 18 years of age.
The INTERGROWTH-21st Project: Biological differences in growth and development between populations is minimal in conditions where health and nutritional needs are fulfilled
The International Fetal and Newborn Growth Standards for the 21st Century (INTERGROWTH-21st) Project is a prospective cohort study investigating patterns of fetal and infant growth and development in an international, population-based, sample of healthy pregnant women and newborns. The project aims to develop scientifically robust clinical tools to assess fetal growth, and infant nutritional and developmental status. Approximately 4600 women were recruited from the study sites in Brazil, China, India, Italy, Kenya, Oman, UK and USA between 2008 and 2013. Fetal growth was assessed at 5±1 weekly intervals beginning from <14 weeks of gestation using standard ultrasound examinations. Weight, length and head circumference were measured at birth, and at the 1 and 2 year follow-up visits using the WHO MGRS protocols. Information on infant health and nutritional status was also collected during these assessments.
In a webminar at the Harvard School of Public Health on 28 January 2014, the directors of the Project - Professor Stephen Kennedy and Professor Jose Villar - discussed the objectives, design and emerging findings of the Project. The findings of the Project describe how foetuses and babies should grow under optimal conditions. In particular, the lack of significant variability in early growth and development between geographically and culturally diverse populations groups under conditions where intra-uterine and postnatal health and nutrition needs are met was discussed. To view the webminar please click here.
The 6th International Attachment Conference was held in the beautiful historical University town of Pavia, Italy, in August 2013. This conference covered a wide range of interesting work in the attachment field, ranging from neurobiological findings and perspectives, parenting and educational issues, and clinical experiences and implications (http://iac2013.unipv.it/).
pPOD’s Paul Ramchandani and Jane Iles both attended, and presented on the early stages of a pilot study exploring the use of an attachment-based intervention (ViPP) for mothers and fathers. This intervention has previously been used and validated in mothers, and members of the pPOD team are currently involved in adapting and trialling its use for both mothers and fathers together. Alongside the rationale for developing interventions for fathers and families, the presentation largely focused on the early developmental stages of this adapted intervention and the key components involved in delivering the programme to two parents.
The next International Attachment Conference is planned to take place in New York in August 2015.