Research Outputs

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Mom rage is real: Why parents need better support.

In this talk, Dr. Ou explores the origins of ‘mom rage’ and considers mom rage as a manifestation of multi-faceted parental distress and describes family-, community-, and policy-oriented solutions to reduce parental anger and distress.

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    Getting a Good Night’s Sleep after Baby.

    Pacific Post Partum Support Society Podcast Series. February 3, 2021. 

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      Seeing Red: Women’s Experiences of anger in the first two years after birth

      This grounded theory study explored women’s experiences of postpartum anger and rage and causes of anger.

      Partners taking an active role in infant care, family, friend, clinician support and community programs for parents and babies helped to prevent and reduce anger. Helping women with their sleep can help to reduce postpartum anger.

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        Mom and Baby: Sleep and Mood Study

        This study found that in a pre-pandemic study of 278 mothers who had infants between 6-12 months that 31% of mothers experienced intense anger while 26% experienced depression, and 14% experienced both anger and depression.

        Postpartum anger was predicted by lower income, having more than 1 child, probable depression, mom’s sleep quality, and anger about infants’ sleep.

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        Anger During the Perinatal Period

        In this study, we collected data from mothers early, mid, late pregnancy and once after birth. We found that 1 in 5 women had moderate levels of anger during pregnancy extending into the postpartum.

        Persisting anger during pregnancy was correlated with mood and sleep problems during early pregnancy and after birth.

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