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Taking baby steps: The causes and consequences of traumatic birth




Speaker: Professor Susan Ayers

Location: Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tait Building, City University London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

Professor Susan Ayers

The arrival of new child is a significant and often joyous landmark in a parent's life, but it can be stressful too. Being pregnant and giving birth can be an anxious time, and women who have particularly difficult births may develop post-traumatic stress. But how does a woman's mental health during pregnancy and after birth impact on her, and her child's physiological and psychological development?

In her inaugural lecture Susan Ayers, Professor of Maternal and Child Health at City University London, will examine this question and outline some of her recent research on the prevalence, causes, impact, screening and treatment of anxiety and post-traumatic stress in pregnant and postnatal women and their partners.

About Professor Ayers

Professor Ayers is a health psychologist specialising in women's mental health during pregnancy and after birth, particularly anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. She has taught medical and allied health professions for 15 years and is an author of Psychology for Medicine (2011) and editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (2007).


17:30 Arrival
18:00 Lecture begins
19:00 Reception

Wine and nibbles will be served.

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6.00pm - 7.00pmTuesday 26th March 2013

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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