by Götz Egloff
Early Mental Health Intervention in Pregnancy: Three Approaches in Germany
Pills are not key to everything. Psychic trauma in pregnancy is best avoided by early non-pharmaceutical intervention. Although some progress has been accomplished, mothers-to-be and their offspring still seem to lack structured interventions that can prepare them for parenthood and childhood respectively. Recently, in Germany different yet similar interventional programs for mothers-to-be and their partners were developed. These programs more or less focus on bonding, relational issues and educational practices in parents-to-be. In the following survey an outline of three major programs in Germany is given so that the approaches´ objectives become accountable. Much of the knowledge available from prenatal psychology and medicine may be of relevance for secondary school education. Prenatal and perinatal educational tasks especially for teenagers in school can be derived from the programs depicted.
First of all, a quick retrospect of history is to recall the modes of infant health evaluation in time: in Philippe Ariès´ birth vignette (Ariès & Duby 1999) on Héroard and Ludwig XIII, who was born to Maria von (mehr …)