My dissertation investigated the role of arts-based interventions with pregnant women receiving antenatal care. The results of this investigation identified six primary themes of women's experiences and identity during the antenatal period—the importance of social support, gaining knowledge, having structure and organisation, connecting and bonding, enacting and visualising, and feeling significant. These experiences also inform the development of a maternal identity. Art therapy can document the creation of motherhood and support positive mental health and wellbeing during pregnancy. The role of art therapy also extends to advocating for increased services for women receiving antenatal and postnatal care.
Shaping Motherhood will inform my professional practice as an art therapist. It is a model that supports women to address their specific pregnancy and health concerns within an art therapy group. It is an opportunity to reflect upon pregnancy as a specific expression of creativity and artistic identity that documents the transition into motherhood in all its dimensions.
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MSC ART PSYCHOTHERAPY