Prenatal and Postpartum Psychosocial Care Publications

Families facing a prenatal diagnosis of a birth defect face a unique journey. Our team is actively engaged in research exploring how we can best support parents and other family members during these stressful experiences. Our research explores topics ranging from mental health screenings and identifying mood and anxiety disorders, to proposed models for perinatal palliative care and other supportive programs in pediatric hospitals.

Mental Health Screening in Pregnancy and the Postpartum

Cole, J., Olkkola, M., Zarrin, H., Berger, K., Moldenhauer, J.: Universal Postpartum Mental Health Screening Parents of Newborns with Prenatally Diagnosed Birth Defects. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 47(1), 84-93, 2018.

Cole JCM. Mental Health Screening, Treatment, and Referral During the Perinatal Period. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Nov - Dec;46(6):891-894. Epub 2017 Sep 11. PMID:28911801

Cole, J., Moldenhauer, J., Berger, K., Carey, M., Smith, H., Martino, V., Rendon, N., Howell, L.: Identifying expectant parents at risk for psychological distress in response to a confirmed fetal abnormality. Archives for Women’s Mental Health, 19(3), 443-453, 2015.

Perinatal Palliative Care

Cole JCM, Schwarz J, Farmer MC, Coursey AL, Duren S, Rowlson M, Prince J, Oser M, Spatz DL. Facilitating Milk Donation in the Context of Perinatal Palliative Care. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Nov 24. [Epub ahead of print]

Cole, J., Moldenhauer, J., Jones, T., Shaughnessy, E., Coursey, A., Zarrin, H., Munson, D.: A Proposed Model for Perinatal Palliative Care. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 46(6), 904-911, 2017.

Psychosocial Services within a Fetal Care Center

Diem Inglis, J., Hertzog, J., Ousley, H. Fetal Surgery (Chapter 4). Social Work in Health Settings. Practice in Context, 4th Edition in J. McCoyd, T. Kerson (Eds.), Routledge, London and New York, 2016, pp. 52-63.

Boyd, R., Scharko, A., Cole, J., Patterson, C., Benton, T, Power, T.: Training pediatric psychologist for perinatal behavioral health services in a pediatric hospital. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 23(2), 99-111, 2015.

Learn more about the variety of counseling and support services available to families being cared for in our center and Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit.


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From the moment of referral through delivery and postnatal care, your family can expect a supportive experience when you come to us with a diagnosis of a birth defect.