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date: 18 October 2019

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Childbearing women experience a host of emotional experiences and demands for adjustment. The past two decades have witnessed an abundance of research on pregnancy, lactation, and the transition to parenthood. This research cuts across many disciplines and often requires an understanding of biological and psychosocial processes outside the typical training for professionals in any one discipline. The Handbook of Perinatal Psychology was compiled to provide a comprehensive overview and evaluation of literature in the field, written by experts in a number of these disciplines to illustrate both typical and atypical experiences associated with childbirth. This Handbook includes chapters on typical psychological, biological, relational, and developmental experiences in women and newborns; an array of mental health problems associated with the transition to parenthood; approaches for screening, assessing, and treating adjustment problems in the transition to parenthood; other problems associated with childbearing; and special issues associated with childbearing.

Keywords: pregnancy, childbearing, postpartum, lactation, transition to parenthood, perinatal, adjustment

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