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What’s in a Story? A Narrative Inquiry into Women’s Experiences of Postnatal Psychological Distress

I am looking for women who have experienced postnatal distress to take part in my counselling psychology doctoral research study.

This research aims to explore the stories that women tell about their experiences of early motherhood in the context of postnatal psychological distress, specifically when this distress resulted in a diagnosis of postpartum psychosis.

Your participation in this study would involve attending two successive interviews, lasting approximately one hour each. During the interviews, you will be invited to share your account of early motherhood in an open and exploratory exchange with the primary researcher.

Can I take part? To take part in this research, it is asked that: - you experienced postnatal psychological distress that resulted in a diagnosis of postpartum psychosis - at least two years have passed since this experience and you are no longer receiving input from NHS secondary care services - you accessed psychological intervention (e.g. talking therapy) as part of your recovery - you are over 18 years of age For participants who are pregnant or become pregnant during the study, opportunities for participation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration a number of factors including the previous nature of postnatal distress and current support available.

This research is being supervised and overseen by Dr Tanya Lecchi and has full ethical approval by the Metanoia Research Ethics Committee.

If you are interested in participating or would like to know more, please do contact me on sarah.griffiths@metanoia.ac.uk or 07878 174 497.

Thank you for your time!

Warmly, Sarah