The Journal

Providing news and expert views on Maternal Mental Health

Why and How Seleni Trains Mental Health Professionals

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, such as postpartum depression, are one of the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth. As many as 20% of women will experience one. Miscarriage is equally common, ending as many as a quarter of pregnancies. These experiences have significant...


Clinical Tools for Therapeutic Work with New Parents

Introduction Human beings have evolved for the past 1.8 million years to be affectively connected – a baby responds to the mother and the mother responds to the baby. As many researchers and clinicians have been highlighting, a mother and a baby are a dyad and from before the baby is born, and...


100 Years: Highlights in Conceptualizing and Understanding Grief

How do we understand grief and bereavement? Over the past 100 years, answers to this question have changed and evolved. Christiane Manzella, PhD, Senior Psychologist at the Seleni Institute, emphasizes the importance of understanding normative grief so that mental health professionals can offer...


Anxiety and OCD Common After Pregnancy

New research suggests these conditions may be more prevalent than PPD New moms experience anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) more frequently than expected, according to two new studies. In fact, feelings of anxiety after pregnancy may even be more common than postpartum...


4 Essential Clinical Strategies for Treating PMADs

No matter the diagnosis, these approaches help women recover Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the most common complication of pregnancy, affecting some 1 in 7 childbearing women. Although public awareness of postpartum depression (PPD) has increased in recent years, many people –...


Pediatricians Should Screen Moms for Mood Disorders

Pediatricians are in a powerful position to strengthen the mental health of the whole famliy Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), such as postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, are one of the most common pregnancy-related complications, affecting as many as 1 in 5 new mothers...