The PAR Lab is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of new and expectant mothers, and their babies. Pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period are times of significant change and challenge, that can have a significant impact on maternal mental health. We look to investigate how mental health issues can

  • develop and/or be exacerbated during the perinatal period;
  • affect the physical health of women; and
  • ultimately, affect the physical health of their babies.

Current Projects

Fear of Childbirth Study

Current measures of fear of childbirth fail to assess some key domains of women’s childbirth fears (e.g., social embarrassment), and also include numerous items unrelated to fear (e.g., elation). In an effort to correct these issues we developed the Childbirth Fear Questionnaire (CFQ). The current study aims to identify the clinical significance of the CFQ in screening for women suffering from a specific phobia of fear of childbirth.

We are currently recruiting for an extension for this study. For details please visit our Participate page.