Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Psychology


Pregnancy is an important time for a woman’s mental health and the beginning of the relationship with her baby. Significant gaps remain in our knowledge about women’s experiences throughout this period. This thesis aims to contribute new knowledge via five studies examining the experiences of pregnancy, mental health and bonding in pregnancy.

FoR codes (2020)

5201 Applied and developmental psychology, 5203 Clinical and health psychology


Unless otherwise indicated, the views expressed in this thesis are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Wollongong.