Focus on How the Pandemic Has Impacted Babies and Parents
IN THIS ISSUE:
Author: Mary Nolan
Author title: Professor
Description: Mary Nolan, Editor, reflects on the impact of the pandemic on the education and life chances of our youngest children.
Description writer: Professor of Perinatal Education, College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Worcester, UK
Author: Tatjana Buklijas, Associate Director, Koi Tu: The Centre for Informed Futures; Senior Lecturer in Global Studies, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Author title: Associate Director
Description: Dr Tatjana Buklijas from the University of Auckland in New Zealand explains the ‘developmental origins of health and disease’ (DOHaD) concept and the ways in which the environment of early life, including, for example, the COVID-19 virus, shapes an individual’s health and predilection to disease long-term.
Description writer: Associate Director, Koi Tu: The Centre for Informed Futures; Senior Lecturer in Global Studies, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Author: This article is adapted from ‘A Better Start – Responding to COVID-19’, published in the UK by The National Lottery Community Fund in September 2020.
Description: The ‘A Better Start’ project supports local partnerships in five areas of England; its recent report describes the effects of COVID-19 on very young children and families in disadvantaged areas.
Author: Karin Hammarberg
Description: Karin Hammarberg from Monash University in Melbourne considers the risks to the health of unborn babies of increased alcohol consumption during the pandemic.
Description writer: Senior Research Fellow, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Author: Leah Cronin,
Description: Dr Leah Cronin, Principal Perinatal Educator at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the UK, discusses how increased rates of Intimate Partner Violence have been reported during the pandemic while many children and young people experiencing abuse have become invisible to services.
Description writer: Principal Clinical Psychologist with the Glasgow Infant and Family Team, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), UK
Author: Abigail Easter, Amanda Bye
Description: Researchers Abigail Easter and Amanda Bye from King’s College, London, describe how the transition to parenthood can be challenging for women with an eating disorder, and explore best practice in antenatal and postnatal care.
Description writer: Abigail Easter, Section of Women’s Mental Health, Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK
Amanda Bye, Department of Psychological Medicine, Division of Academic Psychiatry, Institute ofPsychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK
Author: Louise Harrington
Author title: Louise Harrington, Development and Impact Manager
Aisling McElearney, Senior Development Researcher
Georgia Hyde-Dryden, Development Researcher
Description: Researchers from the foremost children’s charity in the UK examine staff’s experience of providing an online service for women with poor perinatal mental health and describe key learning points when transferring a face-to-face service to a virtual delivery platform.
Description writer: Louise Harrington, Development and Impact Manager, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), London, UK
Aisling McElearney, Senior Development Researcher, NSPCC, London, UK
Georgia Hyde-Dryden, Development Researcher, NSPCC, London, UK
Author: Andrea Baldwin
Alexandra De Young,
Author title: Andrea Baldwin, PhD
Alexandra De Young, PhD
Description: Practitioners from the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health in Australia describe how they designed the ‘Birdie’s Tree’ storybooks and resources to help support the social and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-4 through disruptive events.
Description writer: Andrea Baldwin, PhD, Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Alexandra De Young, PhD, Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Author: Mari Greenfield
Author title: Dr
Description: Dr Mari Greenfield from King’s College, London, presents an overview of current understanding of traumatic births, and examines the effect that the pandemic and lockdown have had on women’s childbirth experiences.
Description writer: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Fellow,
King’s College, London, UK