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Course syllabus MPSY9006 - Prenatal and perinatal psychology (FPS - SS 2019/2020)

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Pan-european University
Faculty of Psychology
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Course unit title:
Prenatal and perinatal psychology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods:
workshop2 hours weekly / 24 hours per semester of study (on-site method)

Credits allocated: 2
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Learning outcomes of the course unit:
The aim of the course is to provide psychologists-to-be with basic theoretical and practical knowledge of prenatal and perinatal psychology. Students acquire basic terminology of prenatal and perinatal psychology. They will gain knowledge about pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum stages with an emphasis on psychological aspects. At the same time, the students will become acquainted with basic methods and techniques used in counselling and research in connection with prenatal and perinatal psychology.
Course contents:
1. Introduction fo prenatal and perinatal psychology, its position in psychology and its relation to other psychology disciplines.
2. History of prenatal and perinatal psychology. Importance of prenatal life in cultures. Ethical issues.
3. Prenatal education. Preparation for pregnancy and parenthood. Transition to parenthood. Specifics of parents- adoptive parents, pregnancy in early and later age.
4. Intrauterin development. Prenatal diagnostics and examinations. Preganancy and risk factors in pregnancy.
5. Slovak birth wards and legislation. Psychophysic preparation for birth. Birht. Risk factors during birth. Presence of other people during birth.
6. Shock and trauma from birth. Postnatal states, baby blues.
7. Newborn. Scales, reflexes, protosocial maturity and care about newborn. Conditions nad support of bonding.
8. Non wanted pregnancy, not wanted child, child for adoption.
9. Newborns-at-risk, premature newborns, newborns at the intensive care unit and children requiring special care. Psychological care for parents.
10. Prenatal and postnatal attachment. Meaning, types and diagnostics.
11. Child loss and bereavement.
12. Prenatal and perinatal care and psychological care in different EU countries and in the world, from the WHO perspective.
Recommended or required reading:
TAKÁCS, L. -- ŠULOVÁ, L. -- SOBOTKOVÁ, D. Psychologie v perinatální péči. Praha: Grada, 2015.
KOHNEROVÁ, N. -- HENLEYOVÁ, A. Když díte zemrě. Praha: Triton, 2013.

BRISCH, K H. Bezpečná vzťahová väzba. Trenčín: Vydavateľstvo F, 2011.
POUTHAS, V. -- JOUEN, F. Psychologie novorozence. Praha: Grada, 2000.
WEINTRAUBOVÁ, P. -- VERNY, T. Rodičovstvo od počatia. Bratislava: Vydavateľstvo Pozsony / Pressburg / Bratislava, 2013.
International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine

Language of instruction: Slovak
Courses evaluation:
Assessed students in total: 86

23,3 %
25,6 %
16,3 %17,4 %
17,4 %
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Name of lecturer(s): Mgr. Katarína Greškovičová, PhD. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Marína Mikulajová, CSc. (person responsible for course)
Last modification:
3. 2. 2020
prof. PhDr. Marína Mikulajová, CSc.

Last modification made by Mgr. Lenka Sekretárová on 02/03/2020.

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