Break Free from Maternal Anxiety
A Self-Help Guide for Pregnancy, Birth and the First Postnatal Year
by Fiona Challacombe, Catherine Green, and Victoria Bream
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Pub Date 17 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 03 Jan 2023
Severe anxiety affects a huge number of women in pregnancy and the postnatal period, making a challenging time even more difficult. You may be suffering from uncontrollable worries about pregnancy and birth, distressing intrusive thoughts of accidental or deliberate harm to the baby, or fears connected to traumatic experiences. This practical self-help guide provides an active route out of feeling anxious. Step-by-step, the book teaches you to apply cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) techniques in the particular context of pregnancy and becoming a new parent in order to overcome maternal anxiety in all its forms. Working through the book you will gain understanding of your anxiety and how factors from the past and present may be playing a role in how you feel. Together with practical exercises and worksheets to move through at your own pace, you will gain the tools you need to help you move forward and enjoy parenthood.
‘This comprehensive self-help book on all forms of anxiety during pregnancy and the year after birth is a must-read for women with anxiety problems during this period. This up-to-date evidence-based resource, written by leading perinatal psychologists using cognitive-behavioural principles, explores how to cope with excessive worries about pregnancy and becoming a mother, phobias such as needle phobia, pandemic-related anxieties, panic attacks, fears after traumatic experiences such as fear of childbirth, bonding concerns and more. Women will welcome the non-judgmental, supportive and wise words in this much needed resource, as well as the self-help exercises included in every chapter. If you fear you will not be able to cope with anxiety in the perinatal period, this really is the book for you!’ - Louise M. Howard, NIHR Research Professor in Women's Mental Health and NIHR Senior Investigator, Section of Women's Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London
‘This is a wonderful and much needed book by leaders in the field of perinatal mental health. Until recently perinatal anxiety has been a neglected area. This is despite the fact that one in five will suffer from one or more anxiety or anxiety-related condition during the perinatal period. Although our understanding of perinatal anxiety has increased, few evidence-based self-help books have been published. This book provides state-of-the art, evidence-based recommendations for overcoming anxiety during the perinatal period. It is sophisticated but easy to read and follow. I am very impressed by this book and will definitely recommend it to my clients.’ - Nichole Fairbrother, PhD, RPsych, CACBT-ACTCC Certified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Founding Member, Clinical Associate Professor and MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator, University of British Columbia, Victoria