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Dr Heather Mattner (SA)

Dr Heather Mattner Heather is a Perinatal Health Psychologist and Midwife with an extensive background in maternal/infant/child health care, midwifery practice, research and education, models of practice development and review, including home birth and continuity, perinatal mental health and wellbeing, perinatal Aboriginal health and wellbeing, and primary health care. Heather has worked and lived in urban, regional, rural and remote settings across Australia and in New Guinea, Nepal and Swaziland holding university, government, non-government, private sector and consultancy roles. Heather has a private practice in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills and sees approximately 100 women (and partners/families) per month, the majority of whom at any time are experiencing the profound consequences of perinatal psychological and physiological trauma. In addition, Heather sees women for ≈ Fertility/infertility issues ≈ Psychological/Mindfulness preparation for labour and birth ≈ Antenatal/postnatal anxiety and/or depression ≈ Unexpected outcomes ≈ Grief/loss in pregnancy, birth or postpartum ≈ Other mental health issues/concerns around pregnancy and postpartum (for example, Borderline Personality Disorder, mood disorders, stress, distress, coping, adjustment) ≈ Perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder ≈ Parent-infant attachment/relationship issues As well Heather provides psychology support for doulas, midwifery students, midwives, and maternal-infant nurses, and mentors psychology students and perinatal psychologists. Heather is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at The University of Adelaide, a Clinical Champion for PANDA and a member of the Marce National Executive Committee. Heather’s PhD focused on creativity, and her numerous publications include Better Birth (2013) with Lareen Newman and the Evaluation of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative in South Australia (2016) with Chris Ciancio. Heather is currently working on a book about perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder and perinatal psychological trauma. A twenty-acre bush property in the Adelaide hills, love of art, poetry, gardening, chocolate, walking dogs, travelling (hopefully again soon), and wonderful family and friends make life even more amazing and enjoyable.

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