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Parent-Infant Relationship and Psychiatric Services

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Parent-Infant Relationship and Psychiatric Services

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 If a parent is struggling in his/her relationship with a new born baby, there is a wide range of services they can go to for assistance. Some immigrant parents may feel reluctant to seek psychiatric help because they might assume psychiatric services are only for extreme cases and do not apply to interpersonal difficulties. The treatment usually involves observing the parent-infant interactions and helping the parent understand what kind of behavioural feedback they can expect from their babies. If parents choose to refer to online resources for help, it is important that they consult reliable organizations only.

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