Finding your way with your baby: The emotional life of parents and babies

Daws, Dilys and De Rementeria, Alexandra (2015) Finding your way with your baby: The emotional life of parents and babies. Routledge, Hove. ISBN 9781138787063

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Abstract/Book Review

Finding Your Way with Your Baby explores the emotional experience of the baby in the first year, and that of the mother, father and other significant adults. It does so in a way that is deeply informed by psychoanalytic understandings, infant observation, developmental science and decades of clinical experience.Combining the wisdom of many years' work with the freshness of up-to-date knowledge, Dilys Daws and Alexandra de Rementeria engage with the most difficult emotional experiences that are often glossed over in parenting books - such as pregnancy, through birth into bonding, ambivalence about the baby, depression, and the emotional turmoil so often brought to the surface by being a new parent. Acknowledgement and understanding about this darker side of family life offers a sense of relief that can allow parents to harness the power of knowing, owning and sharing feelings to transform situations and break negative cycles and old ways of relating. With real-life examples, references to current thinking and a calm and simple writing style they also provide new insights into the more commonly covered issues such as weaning, sleeping and crying. Finding Your Way with Your Baby is primarily aimed at parents but it will be a helpful resource for all those working with parents and babies including health visitors, midwives, social workers, GPs, paediatricians and childcare workers. It will appeal to parents and professionals who are interested in ideas from psychoanalytic clinical practice and the latest research in developmental psychology and neuroscience.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Babies
Families > Parent Child Relations/Parenthood
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalysis
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Jocelyn Wade
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2015 14:38
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 11:07
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/981

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