Specific Phobia & Fear of Childbirth

Perinatal Anxiety & Depression

Thoughts of Harm & OCD

Maternity Care

Women’s Health & Attitudes

Other Publications

  • Fawcett, J., Fairbrother, N., & Fawcett, E. (in press). Meta-analysis of maternal perinatal anxiety disorder prevalence. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Focus on Women’s Mental Health).
  • Fairbrother, N., Thordarson, D., Corbyn, B., Surim, D., & Millard, F. (in press). Screening for perinatal anxiety: Is the EPDS enough? Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 
  • Collardeau, F., Corbyn, B., Abramowitz, J., Janssen, P. A., Woody, S., & Fairbrother, N. (in press). Maternal unwanted and intrusive thoughts of infant-related harm, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression in the perinatal period: Study protocol. BMC Psychiatry. 
  • Fairbrother, N., Hart, T., & Fairbrother, M. (in press). The prevalence of consensual non-monogamy in a nationally representative sample. Journal of Sex Research.
  • Fawcett, J.M., Fairbrother, N., Fawcett, E.J., & White, I.R. (in press, available online). A Bayesian multivariate approach to estimating the prevalence of a superordinate category of disorders. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. DOI: 10.1002/mpr.1742
  • Ovanessian, M.M., Fairbrother, N., Vorstenbosch, V., McCabe, R.E., Rowa, K., & Antony, M.M. (in press, available online). Psychometric properties and clinical utility of the specific phobia questionnaire in an anxiety disorders sample. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. DOI: 10.1007/s10862-018-9687-1
  • Fairbrother, N., Barr, R.G., Chen, M., Riarc, S., Miller, E., & Brant, R. (in press, available online). Prepartum and postpartum mothers’ and fathers’ unwanted, intrusive thoughts in response to infant crying. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. DOI: 10.1017/S1352465818000474
  • Chen, M., Barr, R.G., Miller, E., Fairbrother, N., Antle, A., & Brant, R. (in press, available online). When soothing succeeds: Simulating a risk for repeated shaking in abusive head trauma in infants. Infant Behavior and Development.
  • Prior, J., Konishi, C., Hitchcock, C., Kingwell, E., Janssen, P., Cheung, A., Fairbrother, N., & Goshtasebi, A. (2018). Does Molimina indicate ovuluation? Prospective data in a hormonally documented single-cycle in spontaneously menstruating women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Publich Health, 15 (5), 
  • Fairbrother, N., Thordarson, D.S., & Stoll, K. (2018). Fine tuning fear of childbirth: The relationship between Childbirth Fear Questionnaire subscales and demographic and reproductive variables. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 36 (1), 15-29.
  • Fairbrother, N., Thordarson, D.S., Challacombe, F.L., & Sakaluk, J.K. (2018). Correlates and predictors of new mothers’ responses to postpartum thoughts of accidental and intentional harm and obsessive compulsive symptoms. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy, 46(4) 437-453.
  • Stoll, K., Swift, E., Fairbrother, N., Nethery, E., & Janssen, P. (2018). A systematic review of non-pharmacological prenatal interventions for fear of childbirth and pregnancy-specific anxiety. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, 45 (1), 7-18.
  • Stoll, K., Fairbrother, N., & Thordarson, D.S. (2018). Childbirth Fear: Relation to birthing and care provider preferences. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 63 (1), 58-67.
  • Fairbrother, N., Young, A. H., Zhang, A., Janssen, J., & Antony, M. M. (2017). The prevalence and incidence of perinatal anxiety disorders among women experiencing a medically complicated pregnancy. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 20(2), 311-319.
  • Fairbrother, N., Janssen, P., Antony, M.M, Tucker, E., & Young, A.H. (2016). Perinatal anxiety disorder prevalence and incidence. Journal of Affective Disorders, 200, 148-155.
  • Duplassie, D., & Fairbrother, N. (2016). Critical Incidents that help and hinder the development and maintenance of polyamorous relationships. Sexual and Relationship DOI: 10.1080/14681994.2016.1213804
  • Fairbrother, N., Young, A.H, Janssen, P.A., Antony, M.M., & Tucker, E. (2015). Depression and anxiety during the perinatal period. BMC Psychiatry, 15, 206.
  • Fairbrother, , Barr, R.G., Chen, M., & Brant, R. (2015). Maternal thoughts of harm in response to bouts of prolonged infant crying: An experimental analysis. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 18, 447-455. SA
  • Barr, R., Fairbrother, N., Pauwels, J., Green, J., Chen, M., & Brant, R. (2014). Maternal frustration, emotional and behavioral responses to prolonged infant crying. Infant Behavior and Development, 37, 652-664.
  • Vedam, S., Stoll, K., Thordarson, D., Fairbrother, N., Schummers, L., Klein, M., Kornelsen, J., Dharamsi, S., Rogers, J., Liston, R., & Kaczorowski, J. (2014). The Canadian Birth Place Study: Examining maternity care provider attitudes and interprofessional conflict around planned home birth. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14.
  • Vedam, S, Schummers, L., Fairbrother N., Klein M, & Kaczorowski, J. (2012). The Canadian birth place study: Development, validation, and administration of a questionnaire for multi-disciplinary maternity care providers. Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice, 11(1), 35-45.
  • Vedam, S., Schummers, L, Stoll, K., Rogers, J., Klein, M., Fairbrother, N., Dharamsi, S., Liston, R., Khee Chong, G., & Kaczorowski, J. (2012). The Canadian irth place study: Describing maternity practice and providers’ exposure to planned home birth. Midwifery, 28(5), 600-608.
  • Fairbrother, N., Stoll, K., Schummers, L., & Carty, E. (2012). Obstetrician, family physician, or midwife: Preferences of the next generation of maternity care consumers. Revue Canadienne de la recherché et de la pratique sage-femme, 2(2), 8-15.
  • Fairbrother, N., & Stranger-Ross, I. (2010). Knowledge and attitudes regarding infant feeding practices among reproductive aged university women: An experimental evaluation. Journal of Human Lactation, 26, 157-167.
  • Bretherick, K., Fairbrother, N., Avila, L., Harbord, S., & Robinson, W. (2010). Fertility and aging: Do reproductive-aged Canadian women know what they need to know? Fertility and Sterility, 93, 2162 – 2168.
  • Stoll, K., Fairbrother, N., Carty, E., Jordan, N., Miceli, C., Yostrcil, Y., & Willihnganz, L. (2009). “It’s all the rage these days”: University students’ attitudes toward vaginal and cesarean birth. Birth-Issues in Perinatal Care, 36 ,133-140.
  • Fairbrother, N., Hutton E., Stoll, K., Hall, W., & Kluka, S. (2008). Psychometric evaluation of the Multidimensional Assessment of Fatigue Scale for use with pregnant and postpartum women”. Psychological Assessment, 20, 150-158.
  • Fairbrother, N., & Woody, S. (2008). New mothers’ thoughts of harm related to the newborn. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 11, 221-229.
  • Fairbrother, N. & Woody, S. (2007). Fear of childbirth and obstetrical events as predictors of postnatal emotional distress. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 28, 239-242.
  • Fairbrother, N., & Abramowitz, J.S. (2007). New parenthood as a risk factor for the development of obsessional problems. Behaviour Research and Therap,. 45, 2155-2163.
  • Fairbrother, N., & Rachman, S. (2006). PTSD in victims of sexual assault: A test of a major component of the Ehlers-Clark theory. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 37, 74-93.
  • Fairbrother, N., & Rachman, S. (2004). Feelings of mental pollution subsequent to sexual assault. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 42,173-189.
  • Sochting, I., Fairbrother, N., & Koch, W. (2004). Sexual assault of women: Prevention efforts and risk factors. Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal, 10, 73-93.
  • Misri, S., Oberlander, T.F., Fairbrother, N., Carter, D., Ryan, D., Kuan, A.J., & Reebye, P. (2004). Relation between prenatal maternal mood and anxiety and neonatal health. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry-Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie, 49, 684-689.
  • Fairbrother, N., Newth, S., & Rachman, S. (2004). Mental pollution: Feelings of dirtiness without physical contact. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43, 121-130.
  • Fairbrother, N. (2002). The treatment of social phobia – 100 years ago. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 40, 1291-1304.
  • Fairbrother, N., & Moretti, M. (1998). Sociotropy, autonomy and self-discrepancy: Status in depressed, remitted depressed and control participants. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 22, 279 – 297.

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