Another Twinkle in the Eye is an essential guide for anyone contemplating another pregnancy after perinatal mental illness. The decision to bring a child into the world is rarely one that is taken lightly. When a previous pregnancy and early parenthood has resulted in poor maternal and/or paternal perinatal mental health, making a conscious decision to have another baby can be even more challenging.
This unique book provides facts, resources, and discussion points to support people in making informed and comfortable decisions. It is also an essential resource for health professionals who support or are involved in the decision-making process of couples planning another pregnancy.
The author combines personal experience with real-life stories from other parents. Also included are contributions from healthcare professionals. The book offers comprehensive coverage across five key areas: Reflection on the previous pregnancy, miscarriage or stillbirth, Decisions to be made when considering another pregnancy, Ways to plan for and to have a healthier experience, The role of healthcare professionals and facilities, and Self-help and complementary techniques for good mental health in the perinatal period.
Elaine Hanzak is a writer and speaker at conferences and workshops for health professionals and others on a variety of topics, developed from her experience of puerperal psychosis and bereavement. She frequently participates in TV, radio and other media discussions.
REFLECTION ON THE PREVIOUS PREGNANCY, MISCARRIAGE OR STILLBIRTH Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health Conditions Risk Factors and Possible Causes of Perinatal Mental Illness Dealing with the Past Before We Move Into the Future DECISIONS TO BE CONSIDERED ABOUT ANOTHER PREGNANCY Personal Desire and Situation Additional Concerns Within the Decision- Making Process Due to Past Experience Relationship With the Partner/Father and Their Wishes I Want Another Baby but My Partner Does Not! Unexpected Pregnancy WAYS TO PLAN FOR AND TO HAVE A HEALTHIER EXPERIENCE Communication, a Positive Attitude and Knowledge Pre-Conception Counselling A Healthy and Happy Pregnancy A Different Birth Experience Early Days with the New Baby Bonding with Your Baby Feeding Your Baby The Importance of Sleep Older Siblings: New Relationships and Routines The Role of the Partner The Single Parent The Role of Family and Friends Peer Support The Working World Whilst Pregnant and Beyond: Next Time Round THE ROLE OF HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND FACILITIES The Role of Healthcare Professionals: What Parents Have Received, Want and Need The Role of Healthcare Professionals: What Can You, as an HCP, Do? The Treatment of Perinatal Depression Community Support and Counselling Inpatient Treatment on Mother and Baby Units Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Women and Postpartum Depression SELF- HELP AND COMPLEMENTARY TECHNIQUES FOR GOOD MENTAL HEALTH IN THE PERINATAL PERIOD General Health and Wellbeing Arts and Creativity for Easing Perinatal Mental Distress And Finally ... Appendix 1: Resources and Further Information Appendix 2: Case Studies of Families with Lived Experience Appendix 3: Planning and Screening Tools Appendix 4: UK Policy Drivers Around Antenatal and Postnatal (Perinatal) Mental Health Appendix 5: Survey Used as Additional Information for this Book