What is maternology ?
The psychological aspect of maternity is a seldom notion: who would question the fact of being a good mother? It is questionable as, nowadays, 10% to 15% of women, giving birth, go through maternal difficulties which can lead to Post-Partum Depression.
A psychological aspect of maternity was missing which could lean on clinical observations to elaborate a theory on which one could see the effects in therapy. This is how a new medical approach, maternology, defines itself as: A better understanding of the neural mechanisms that regulate the motivational aspects of maternal behavior can help to increase awareness of the importance of the early maternal/parental-infant interaction as well as to identify possible biological factors that underlie anomalies in human maternal behavior.
Post-Partum Depression, one the most famous maternal difficulty, may happen one month to 3 years after birth. The Baby blues which is also a sensitive period after birth, lasts 3 days to 12 days after birth.