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Melanie Badali

Maternal Guilt and Shame During the Perinatal Period

  • Speaker: Melanie Badali , PhD, RPsych
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU

Pressure to be a perfect parent and perceptions of being “not good enough” can start even before conception. Having a baby is hard enough without piling guilt and shame on to the experience. There is a growing body of research showing that guilt and shame are important features of various psychological problems. In this presentation, Dr. Badali will discuss the difference between guilt and shame. She will also describe types of guilt and shame that are most strongly associated with symptoms of anxiety and depression. Finally, she will provide clinical tips on how to help moms deal with negative self-evaluations, perceived negative evaluations from others, and an irrational or heightened sense of responsibility. The goal of this presentation is to help health care professionals identify problematic guilt or shame during the perinatal period and implement strategies to improve maternal mental health.