Maternity and its Upheavals

May 2-4, 2025

Maternity — from pregnancy, to childbirth, to parenting a newborn introduces  psychic dislocation and strain in the mother and upheaval in the couple.  Idealizations of pregnancy and early motherhood can constrain our recognition of the potential for depression, loss, trauma, and breakdown that disrupt this topsy-turvy time of life.  This weekend will explore the psychic topography of this central developmental period.  We will consider the potential for emotional disturbance as well as for transformation in new parents.

Coordinator: Elizabeth Fritsch, Ph.D.