A preliminary evaluation of a new approach to improve the antenatal and postnatal care of infants in families experiencing psychosocial adversity
Chief Investigator: Dr Alyssa Sawyer
Funding Amount : $99,345
Recipient: The University of Adelaide
The aim of our new intervention is to provide more effective support for mothers and fathers identified during pregnancy as being at moderate risk for future parenting difficulties and child maltreatment.
The intervention will test a novel combination of mentalising-based support, 4D ultrasound scans, and parent education focussed on the skills needed to manage distressed infants provided during the antenatal and postnatal period. The aim is to help both mothers and fathers provide better care of their unborn child during the antenatal period, and more effective, responsive parenting of their infant after birth, particularly when infants are experiencing significant distress.