Postnatal OCD and the potential impact on infant bonding

Annelies Paris is an undergraduate student at Bournemouth University, studying BSc Psychology. 

This research is being undertaken for her final year dissertation project. She is being supervised by Dr Andrew Mayers, an expert in perinatal mental health who works with several national charities and organisations. The work is being supported by the Maternal OCD charity.  

The study has been given ethical approval from Bournemouth University's Research Ethics Committee.

What are the aims of this study?

Many studies have discussed how certain maternal mental issues, such as postnatal depression or anxiety, can have an effect on infants, however, there is limited research investigating postnatal OCD and its impact. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate how the experience of postnatal OCD might impact on mothers’ perception around bonding with their infant.

The outcome of this research will hopefully provide further understanding into the impact postnatal OCD can have on a mother-infant interaction and attachment, as well as potentially contributing to future research or interventions that will aid mothers to connect with their children and form a more stable relationship for the future.

Can I take part in the study? 

We are looking for adult mothers, with a history of postnatal OCD, to take part in this study.

What does taking part involve?

Upon expressing your interest in this study, you will be asked some questions that will help us determine the extent to which you experienced symptoms of postnatal OCD. You will then be asked some open-ended questions that will explore your experience and how that may, or may not, have had an impact on the attachment with your baby. The questionnaire is accessed via an anonymous online link (see below).

If you are interested in taking part, please use the following link:

If you have any additional questions or require further information, please contact Dr Mayers