Parenting and Traumatic Conceptions – Special Babies
- Infants conceived in the face of maternal cancer and serious health issues;
- Infants conceived where a mother has issues in fertility regulation;
- Infants conceived early in life and at the end of reproductive life.
About Dr Louise Newman
Dr Louise Newman is the Director of the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash University, Melbourne.
Louise is an Australian Developmental Psychiatrist and has a particular interest in the field of infant psychiatry where she specialises in working with parents with babies up to three years of age. These parents often have psychiatric difficulties themselves and the resulting transgenerational issues and impact of trauma on early development is one of her primary research interests. With research staff at Monash University, she is investigating the impact of interventions for high risk parents. In addition, Newman performs refugee research on school aged children investigating the impact of traumatic experiences both before they arrive in Australia and as refugees. She is a strong advocate for young refugees and works to highlight the damage that can be caused to young people by detention and the refugee experience in Australia.
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