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date: 06 April 2020

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Dance movement therapy is a pertinent therapeutic modality to regain the liveness of the intercommunication between mother and infant, and to foster the experience of wellbeing when their relationship has been muted by the mother’s postnatal depression, anxiety, or postpartum psychosis. The chapter cites models of dance movement therapy with mother–infant and documents previous studies. It describes the aesthetic processes and tools of dance that lead to enlivened physical narratives and shared joy that occur in the outpatient hospital group dance movement programme, with reference to published research and evaluation of the programme. Emerging patterns of relating are observed with individual mother–infant dyads in the dance movement individual programme in the acute psychiatric ward. The aesthetic experiences in both settings contribute to increasing cycles of improved responsiveness of mother and infant as seen in the expressive behaviours of their interaction.

Keywords: dance movement therapy, aesthetic, postpartum depression, psychosis, research, mother–infant, mother–baby psychiatric unit, aliveness, joy, wellbeing

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