Psychotherapy and Training Collective of New York

Reframing "Mommy Brain"

Submitted by Robin Halpern, LCSW, DCSW

The myth of cognitive decline in the mother of a newborn is being reconsidered. One current theory looks into the role of neuroplasticity of the mother's brain. It suggests that the mother's focus moves towards both greater intensity of empathy for the needs of her child, and provides her with the mental energy that goes into helping her child adapt to a new life outside of the womb.

Click on the link below for article written by psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks, for the New York Times.