The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) a Not-For-Profit organisation is committed to supporting parents and babies (0-24 months), to enhance well-being and children’s healthy development. Parenthood can be more challenging than anticipated, and at our Infant Clinic we encourage parents to nurture themselves and their babies and feel comfortable to ask for professional help in times of stress – from our psychologists, their GPs, and nurses.PIRI provides a unique contribution to early intervention in Australia by:
Undertaking research that results in evidence-based treatments to improve difficulties facing parents and infants
Provides an experienced team of clinical and academic staff to inform the research, development and application of innovative intervention programs
What's In The Book
This book focuses on the main areas of change encountered by men and women as they make the transition into parenthood. Text and thought provoking exercises prepare the reader for the emotional, social and psychological changes that may arise as they become parents. The focus is on developing both coping skills and parenting skills.
Who is the book for?
This Australian publication is ideal for: Expectant parents Friends and relatives looking for a useful baby gift Health professionals working with expectant and new parents Work organizations who value their staff commencing parental leave
How is this book different from all others?
This book was written by a team of psychologists who have a wealth of experience working with families making the transition to parenthood. The topics chosen, the interactive exercises and the use of humour and real life examples make the content not only informative but entertaining. The focus is not on the physical aspects of the pregnancy, delivery and postpartum but rather more broadly on assisting parents to manage the complex demands of parenthood by developing helpful coping and parenting skills.
The content is designed to improve coping skills and problem solving. Strategies to enhance self-esteem and parenting competency are included. As well as focusing on the impact a baby may have on the couple relationship some strategies to improve communication and reduce conflict are included. Information about the needs and capacities of the newborn help prepare the new parent for what lies ahead and to improve the understanding of baby’s behavioral cues which is helpful for bonding with the baby.
About the Authors
Chapter 1 Towards Motherhood
Chapter 2 towards Fatherhood
Chapter 3 We’re expecting! Preparing for parenthood
Chapter 4 Caring for yourself is caring for your baby
Chapter 5 From lovers to parents: managing relationship changes
Chapter 6 Keeping some balance in your life
Chapter 7 Healthy thinking, healthy self
Chapter 8 Caring for your newborn baby
Chapter 9 Welcome to ‘The Club’!
Feedback from women who have completed Towards Parenthood
‘Exploring the expectations, worries and fears of motherhood in the first chapter allowed me to think about some issues.’
‘Reading the first two chapters opened up discussions with my husband.’
‘The problem-solving skills were really useful.’
‘Taking part in the program allowed for reflection on the transition to parenthood and the responsibilities involved.’
‘I found the chapter “From lovers to parents” enhanced communication between me and my partner.’
‘The support services list is a useful resource.’
‘The most helpful aspects of the guidebook for me were the distraction and self-talk techniques.’
‘Understanding the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours using the model was very useful.’
‘Identifying contributors to low mood was something I had not considered.’
‘Recognising passive, aggressive, assertive and indirect communication styles helped me review the way I communicate with others.’
‘The discussion of self-esteem was useful in trying to be a role model to my own children.’
‘I related to the concept of thoughts affecting feelings.’
‘The strategies for increasing positive and decreasing negative thoughts were useful.’
‘I found “Caring for your newborn baby” was the most helpful chapter as it assisted in practical ways.’
‘The final chapter is a great review of the strategies learned in the program.’
‘Overall, the program helped organise my thinking about my baby.’
To purchase your very own copy of Towards Parenthood please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9496 4496.
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PIRI also conducts research to improve our understanding of difficulties in the perinatal period
PIRI is currently conducting the "Beating the Blues before Birth" (BBB) study for depression in pregnancy. This program is designed to improve your mood and manage the demands of pregnancy. By joining this study you will be offered either cognitive behavioural therapy for depression (delivered via telehealth) during pregnancy or an assessment with advice about enhanced standard care. If you would like to take part, press the Join Now button to see if this depression in pregnancy study is suitable for you.
We are able to continue the study through the COVID-19 outbreak. Women in the treatment group will receive 8 CBT sessions via telehealth by PIRI’s psychologists. The study may be suitable for you if you are experiencing depression and anxiety during this challenging time.
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BBB program has been developed by the Parent-Infant Research Institute as a treatment for depression in pregnancy. This program is based on PIRI’s evaluated treatment for Postnatal Depression and includes features from other PIRI programs. Our recent studies show the effectiveness of BBB in reducing depression and anxiety during pregnancy and in improving child developmental outcomes.
As part of this depression in pregnancy study you will receive an assessment with a psychologist, and be randomly allocated to one of the following depression treatments:
BBB program (eight free-of-charge sessions of individual cognitive behavioural therapy, including one couple session)
Enhanced Standard Care (linkage with your healthcare professional who can provide you with support and treatment).
The benefits of this program to you and your child will be evaluated.
At 24 months of age, your child’s development will also be assessed by a trained clinician and you will be provided with a report.